Game on, Najib tells Anwar

  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Apr 2022

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak is ready to debate Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the "bailing out" of Sapura Energy Bhd.

"Game on. Please contact my assistant to find the soonest date convenient for all," said the former prime minister in a Facebook post on Monday (April 4).

"I ask the teams of Anwar and Rafizi (Ramli) to arrange with the media if they intend the debate to be live," he added.

Najib said he was perplexed by Anwar's recent claim that he had challenged Anwar to a debate after failing to counter allegations raised by Rafizi Ramli.

"The first to make a challenge was Rafizi a day or two before the start of Ramadan," Najib said, adding that he had rubbished Rafizi's claims on several occasions previously.

Meanwhile, Anwar said he has taken up Najib’s challenge, saying he is ready to face off with him at “any time”.

On Sunday (April 3), Najib said that he has “no problem” debating two people, referring to PKR’s Rafizi and Anwar.

“Two versus one, no problem," he said.

Najib said that this was similar to the challenge issued by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to debate on Felda issues during the Johor polls.

Sapura has announced a loss of RM8.9bil last year, which Najib said was the largest for any Malaysian government-linked company (GLC) in history.

Najib called on the government to intervene by providing easy interest loans or loan guarantees to the company to solve its cash flow problems, to which Rafizi responded that it would only benefit “a handful of elites”.

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