KUALA LUMPUR (March 29): DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today invited Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be the inaugural guests for the party's official online TV channel Ubah.TV.
Speaking at the launch of Ubah.TV, Lim said by courtesy, DAP should invite Pakatan Rakyat defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim first but because Ubah.TV espouses freedom and fair articulation of the press, he would like the first guest to be his political nemesis.
"We launch Ubah.TV because we cannot get the right of reply with the mainstream media. This is why we are inviting Najib to be our first guest and he can choose if he wants to come in (and debate) with Anwar or he can come in alone.
"We will grant him the right of reply. But if he doesn't want to come, we cannot do much," said Lim.
At the event, Lim also condemned Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim’s decision for granting Pakatan Rakyat only 10 minutes to air and explain their election manifesto.
“What can we do with 10 minutes? Rais is insulting the process of democracy, freedom of information and the elections.
“In 10 minutes, the only thing you can do is prepare a plate of instant noodles and democracy should not be treated as an instant noodle,” said Lim.
Meanwhile, the man behind Ubah.TV, DAP publicity chief Tony Pua, said the channel will focus on live election coverage and if it is successful and receives a lot of viewers, it might be extended further.
“During election period and on polling night, our camera crews will be all over the country and we will air the most exciting footages live, online.
“Other footages will be recorded and aired later. We also welcome contributors whom we dub as citizen journalists and they can submit their videos to us as well.
“If it’s very interesting we will air it live or if it can’t be uploaded live, we will air the recordings,” said Pua.
He explained that Ubah.TV will field two camera crews for each of the following states: Johor, Penang, Perak, Melaka, Sarawak and Sabah; while Selangor will utilise the crews from the headquarters.
Touching on the possibility of hacker attacks, where the party’s website was under siege scant weeks ago, Pua said Ubah.TV will be riding on Google, Youtube, live-streams and all the major public platforms.