I was honoured to be invited by the producers of ‘Hujah’ of TV9 last night.
The hall in DBP was packed to the walls. I arrived at 8.45pm and several minutes later, Datuk Mukhriz and Khairy Jamaluddin appeared in front of the hall.
Both shook hands with the audience while we waited for the arrival of Datuk Seri Khir Toyo.
Datuk Mukhriz went out of the way to shake hands with half of the people in the hall. Precisely at 9pm, the third candidate came and immediately we started to feel the great anticipation coming from audience. Those who came were mostly from the Umno Youth wing. Several faces that I saw will attend the Umno Assembly as delegates this March.
Professor Agus was his chirpy self. I could see that he has the potential to steal the limelight later on (which he did, much to the amusement of the audience).
The atmosphere on the stage was calm and friendly. A few banters and jokes were traded among themselves. During one of the commercial breaks, Datuk Mukhriz quipped that if he had not been powdered up, his bald pate will reflect too much light!
As the forum progressed, there was a clear indication from the audience on who is their favourite candidate. From my point of view (I was lucky to be seated at the front), Datuk Seri Khir Toyo was the one with enough experience to lift the audience.
Most of what he said struck home. His views on the widening gap in quality of life among the many strata of Malaysians were well received by those in the hall.
Each candidate tried their best to put forth their arguments in their own way. Datuk Seri Khir Toyo, with his experience, drove his point much faster than the other two. Hence, he could convey much of his thoughts quickly under the time constraints.
Datuk Mukhriz stresses too much on his ‘mukadimah’ that after a few moments, Professor Agus had to cut short his arguments to proceed with the next line of questioning. Which is a shame actually.
For instance, the PPMSI issue could have been settled by saying, ‘Jika Bangsa sudah maju, dengan mudah kita akan dan boleh mendaulatkan Bahasa!’ But I am speaking in hindsight. It is unfair to impose this on any one of them.
Commercial breaks should be cut down to enable more time for the panelists to exert their opinions. Hopefully next week, the vice president candidates will have more time to put forth their views.
Khairy on the other hand was trying so hard to air his views. Quiet a respectable attitude indeed. But he was cutting in too frequently when others were talking. Plus, he was just following up on the words that were spoken earlier by the others.
As an analogy, I would say that he was the extra cream that topped the cake. However, there were a couple of moments that made him stood out from the rest.
At the end of the forum, the audience was jubilant. Kudos to all three candidates for the great camaraderie shown between them. It was indeed, a forum held for a band of brothers.
Datuk Seri Khir Toyo had his own ‘militant’ followers shouting his name for good 15 minutes after the forum ended. Khairy too had his own men with him. Datuk Rozabil was busy acting like a mother hen protecting her chicks. Datuk Mukhriz came alone I think. No notable people were seen surrounding him. The simple dinner of nasi lemak, karipap and kuih koci ended the night on a high note 🙂
Thank you again to the producers of Hujah. A job well done.