Or­gan­iser wait­ing for DAP ad­viser’s re­sponse

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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang has yet to ac­cept a chal­lenge to de­bate with Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, which is to be held at the end of next month.

De­bate or­gan­iser Per­tubuhan Pem­bela Na­sib Me­layu Malaysia said it was ex­pect­ing a re­sponse from Lim’s staff by to­day.

Its sec­re­tariat chair­man, Dr Am­mar Has­san, said Annuar had “un­of­fi­cially ac­cepted” the chal­lenge last week via WhatsApp.

“If both par­ties agree, we will hand them our of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tions in Par­lia­ment this week.

“The de­bate could be held at the end of next month,” he said at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

The de­bate, dubbed “Lim Kit Siang a Racist Politi­cian, Dic­ta­tor and Anti-Is­lam” is be­ing pro­posed to be held at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre, with an ex­pected turnout of 1,000 peo­ple.

“The two men have been at­tack­ing each other ver­bally in Par­lia­ment.

“So, we in­vite them to a public de­bate to give the peo­ple a clear un­der­stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion,” Am­mar said.

Lim had la­belled Annuar the “fa­ther of all racists” and in re­turn, Annuar la­belled Lim “a racist, anti-Is­lam and dic­ta­tor”.

Am­mar said he was con­fi­dent that both par­ties would show up at the de­bate be­cause fail­ure to do so would af­fect their re­spec­tive par­ties.

“This is also a good time for them to de­bate pub­licly as the gen­eral elec­tion is near,” he said.

Am­mar said he would ap­ply for a po­lice per­mit once the date for the de­bate was set.

“We don’t think Annuar and Lim will bring un­ruly sup­port­ers to cre­ate trou­ble be­cause that will re­flect badly on them.

“How­ever, the po­lice will be present,” Am­mar said.

Dr Am­mar Has­san

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