In a sms message sent to Datuk Seri Ashraf Abdullah - Media Prima's Group Managing Editor, News and Current Affairs, TV News - and copied to Media Prima Berhad's Independent non-Executive Chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar , Datuk Kadir threw the challenge after an earlier request for a right of reply to TV3's lopsided news reports were ignored.
In his earlier sms (reproduced below) to Ashraf, which was also copied to Johan, Datuk Kadir had requested for TV3's airtime for a right of reply for Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin and himself following a barrage of lopsided TV3 news reports quoting dubious characters.
"There was no reply to my earlier sms. As former journalists I expected some form of response from them but none came about. I requested for a right of reply to all those wild allegations they have been airing over TV3.
"In view of Dr Mahathir's latest statement that he was prepared for a debate with the Prime Minister, I sent another sms to Ashraf and Johan and this time I also copied the request to Najib's long time Press Secretary Datuk Tengku Sharifuddin.
"TV3 may continue to ignore my earlier request and now my challenge for them to organise a live debate between Dr M and Najib but I'm quite optimistic that Tengku Sharifuddin has the wisdom to grab this opportunity for his boss," Datuk Kadir said when I spoke to him late last night.
A live TV debate between Dr Mahathir and Najib. What do you think?
I think Datuk Kadir Jasin's suggestion is timely and a golden opportunity to settle the score. It would also be an excellent platform for Najib to convince Malaysian that he is fit to remain as Prime Minister.
If the Prime Minister and Umno president is indeed a man of substance whose image has been unfairly tarnished by critics, this is the opportunity for him to silence his critics by taking on his No1 critic on national television. Let the nation bear witness.
I'm quite certain that, himself being a seasoned journalist, Najib's Media Director would be able to convince his boss to grab this opportunity. The Media Director (if he is still empowered to provide direction to the media) should then request TV3 to organise the debate.
Any journalist worth his salt would agree that truth should come unvarnished, not via some consultant prepared text.
Would Najib dare debate 1MDB, BR1M and possibly Tabung Haji?
I'm think Najib must also be eager to remind Dr Mahathir during the face-off about how the quota system in Umno managed to keep Dr Mahathir in power for 22 years. No?
Who Dares, Wins.