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Tuesday August 19, 2008 MYT 8:06:08 PM

All set for Guan Eng-Tsu Koon debate

PETALING JAYA: It is all systems go for the public debate between Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his predecessor Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, scheduled for Wednesday.

Organiser Agenda Daily said preparations for the event had been smooth so far, with only the names of the panellists for either side yet to be submitted.

Each speaker is entitled to pick a panellist each. The panellist will ask a question each for Lim and Dr Koh.

It is understood that Lim had picked news portal Malaysian Insider's political editor Wan Hamidi Hamid to be by his side, while Dr Koh has yet to make his decision known.

They will be debating on Kisah Benar Kontroversi Tanah di Pulau Pinang (The True Story Behind the Land Controversy in Penang).

The debate will held at 9pm at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in Kuala Lumpur, and will be aired live on TV9.

A repeat will be telecast again at 12.30am on Aug 21.

Learning from their earlier experience of organising the debate on fuel prices between Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek and PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Agenda Daily editor Hanafiah Man said Lim and Dr Koh had been advised to select journalists on their panel.

“This is because by nature of their job and training, journalists are used to asking probing questions,” he said.

Hanafiah said the security personnel for the event had also been briefed to ensure that the misunderstanding between them and media personnel do not recur.

At the Shabery-Anwar debate, a scuffle broke out between pressmen and security guards at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) as members of the press found themselves locked in once the debate was over.

The audience for the Lim-Dr Koh debate would be limited to 200 people, who will all be invited guests.

Lim and Dr Koh would each speak alternatively during six five-minute intervals. DBP chairman Datuk Johan Jaafar would moderate the debate.

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