by S I Tan@www.themalaysianinsider.com
Why should the Leader of the Malaysian Opposition debate a discredited blogger?In any democracy, the incumbent PM debates the leader of the Opposition, not some blogger who has illusions about his own influence.
Raja Petra Kamaruddin (left with Big Dog) may think that he is worthy of acclaim but he is not. He has not stood for elections and is not representing any constituency. In fact, he is just another blogger who owes his loyalty to himself and whoever gives him the time of day.
If you layan him, he is very happy and will be friendly towards you. But if you don’t listen to his advice, then he gets all worked up.
Of course, some people argue that he has crossed over to BN and that is his choice. Maybe they find him more useful in bringing down the Opposition but he is nothing more than someone who puts his views across on his blog.
He is not the Leader of the Opposition, an Opposition which has managed to shake BN’s hegemony. Anwar is the leader and therefore the PM should show some spine and debate him.
But asking Najib Razak to show some spine would be asking too much. So Najib now takes this side issue of Anwar not debating the blogger as his escape route.
After more than 50 years, this is what Malaysiais left with: a Prime Minister unable to act prime ministerial and constantly looking for his script from public relations advisors.