PETALING JAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) has criticised Lim Guan Eng for being unreasonable by asking Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan to come home immediately from an official trip to face him in a debate on the Taman Manggis land issue.
â€œHe said heâ€™ll take you on when heâ€™s back from an official trip. Donâ€™t think this is necessary,â€ tweeted Khairy.
The Umno Youth chief was responding to a tweet by Lim who said that although Abdul Rahman had claimed that he was eager to participate in a debate, he (Abdul Rahman) had gone (belah) overseas.
â€œCould it mean that you are forcing me to go overseas to have this debate with you? (Takkan nak paksa saya pergi luar negara untuk bahas dgn anda?) Come home now (Baliklah skrg ),â€ said the Penang Chief Minister.
The war of words between the two on Twitter had started on Friday night, however, despite this, a date for the much-anticipated debate is still undecided.
Abdul Rahman, who is Barisan Nasional strategic communications director, left the country on Friday on an official trip and will return to Malaysia on April 15.
He stressed that his trip had been organised a long time ago and that he will debate Lim on the issue once he returns.
Ealier, Lim had asked the Kota Belud MP to return from his trip, saying that he (Lim) had cancelled his official trip to China to face Abdul Rahman in Parliament.
â€œDoes @mpkotabelud want 2debate me overseas? Where? Come backlah! If I can cancel official China trip n rush back 2face u in Parl,why can’t u?,â€ tweeted Lim.
â€œWhen did u face me? The fact is you desperately wanted Speaker to eject you from parliament. I was ready for you!,â€ said Abdul; Rahman in his response.
Abdul Rahman had on Wednesday challenged Lim to a public debate, after producing what he claimed was fresh evidence against the chief minister.
Lim duly accepted the challenge and said he was prepared to have the one-on-one debate telecast live on television.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak had said on Friday that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) is ready to televise the debate live.
â€œWe are ready to televise the debate live, and it is up to them to take up the offer,â€ he said. – The Star