IPOH: State executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon will take on Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham in a debate to compare Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat administrations of the state.
”I have decided to go ahead with it.
”It’s good to have a debate to explain to the people and let them be the judge of which is a better administration,” Dr Mah said yesterday.
In July, Dr Mah had, during a Chinese association dinner, invited Ngeh, who was a senior exco member when Pakatan was in power, to an open debate to compare the policies of both administrations.
While Ngeh failed to reply to the invitation, state DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming stepped in to accept Dr Mah’s challenge.
On Saturday, after months of silence, Ngeh issued a statement to the media saying that he accepted the challenge by Dr Mah on condition that the latter obtain the endorsement of the Barisan state government as its representative to speak.
Ngeh further set the time and venue of the debate at 8pm on Nov 1 at the Kwangtung Association in Taiping.
Earlier when contacted, Ngeh reiterated his stand that Dr Mah must first be endorsed to speak before debating.
”People are interested in Barisan’s view, not his personal view.
”It would be a debate on past and future policies and whoever represents Barisan must be an authority to speak about them,” Ngeh argued.
Dr Mah said that the debate should take place at a more neutral venue as Taiping is a DAP stronghold and Nga is its MP.
Meanwhile, political analyst Datuk Dr Cheah See Kian has offered himself as a moderator.
Asked why he had volunteered, Dr Cheah said people were tired of the whole issue.
”As a rakyat, I am also quite tired of it.
“This talk about the debate has gone on for months,” he said.