The dialogue should be televised live on RTM, says PKR’s Rafizi

KUALA LUMPUR: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli has challenged Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to host a TN50 dialogue with opposition party representatives.

“Khairy must have guts to face all the people and not just selected invitees. I challenge Khairy to organise a townhall session to meet him along with 300 representatives of the opposition which should be broadcast live by RTM,” said Rafizi in a statement today.

He also assured Khairy that there would not be any untoward incidents in the session, referring to the TN50 session on Wednesday night where film producer David Teo was slapped by comedian Sulaiman Yassin in the presence of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“I guarantee there would not be any slapping incident in this session and it will be focused on discussing the problems of the people, instead of acts and dramas that were created to protect the image of the prime minister who is being rejected by the people,” he said.

Rafizi also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Najib.

“If only Najib was brave enough to face Pakatan Harapan MPs by attending and debating in parliament, funds need not be wasted for a dramatic event such as TN50. I shall wait for Khairy’s response,” he said.

Rafizi also urged Khairy to reveal the cost of each TN50 session since Khairy was entrusted by the government to engage the people over the TN50 policy.

The PKR leader also posed three questions to Khairy regarding issues that are affecting young Malaysians.

The three issues are related to foreign workers, income growth rate and price hikes due to policies of the BN-led government.

“There is an influx of foreign workers to the extent that they are more than the Malaysian Indian population and the numbers are expected to exceed the Malaysian Chinese community by 2034. What is your stand and solution to this issue?

“The income hike rate in Malaysia averages at 2% after deducting inflation. Malaysian workers get only 34% of the economic value that they generate. What is your view and how do you resolve it?

“There is a constant hike due to BN’s policies such as GST, subsidy removal and floating fuel price according to market forces without subsidies. What is your stand and solution?”