KUALA LUMPUR: MCA's Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and DAP's Lim Guan Eng took to the podium together for a second time in five months as they locked horns over whose policies had better served the rakyat.
The party leaders engaged in a fiery two-hour debate themed DAP & MCA: Whose Policies Benefit The Country More?, which was organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli).
In his opening remarks at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre yesterday, the MCA president highlighted the policies and programmes put in place by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after he took over the nation's helm.
Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, on the other hand, spoke about the island state being the “most liveable city in the country” while attacking MCA ministers with a string of allegations.
At one point, Dr Chua, who spoke off the cuff, took a swipe at his adversary, chiding him for reading from a prepared text and turning the debate into a political ceramah.
Dr Chua noted that with the Government's policies put in place, Malaysia's share market continued to rise, proving that local and foreign investors rejected the DAP's theory of gloom and doom for the country's economy.
He hit out at Pakatan Rakyat, saying that its aim was only to grab power in the coming general election “at all costs”.
Likening Pakatan's battle cry Ubah (change) to “Power First, and Chaos thereafter”, Dr Chua said Pakatan was good at instigating the people to hate the Government, demonising the country's institutions and causing friction among the races.
He also took the coalition to task for making empty promises, pointing out that more than 95% of their pledges had yet to be fulfilled.
Dr Chua said Pakatan could not even arrive at a consensus on several issues from religious matters to who its prime minister would be if it took over Putrajaya.
The MCA president, who addressed the crowd with Salam 1Malaysia, also highlighted the role the MCA played in helping its partners fight for the nation's independence, fighting for citizenship for the Chinese to education, socio-economic and welfare programmes.
“Because of MCA, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng are Malaysian citizens today. If not because of MCA, Lim Guan Eng will be Sukarno Lim today,” he said to thunderous applause from the floor.
Lim, who wished the crowd Salam Bersih kepada semua, spoke on the improvements Penang had made from poverty reduction to being the first state to provide free WiFi access in public places.
He took swipes at MCA ministers Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen over the ministry's alleged RM1.8mil sum to maintain a Facebook page, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha for paying more attention to the tender of car number plates, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung for opposing local government elections and Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai for allowing middlemen in the purchase of drugs.
Speaking to reporters later, Dr Chua said it was unbecoming of Lim to attack MCA ministers, knowing that they were not there to defend themselves.
He said Lim also did not have the spirit of a debater as he failed to answer questions directed to him.
The men first met on stage together in February to debate Chinese At The Political Crossroads Is A Two-Party System Becoming A Two-Race System?
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