GEORGE TOWN: MIC is ready to take on DAP’s Dr P. Ramasamy for a debate on issues affecting the Indian community in the state.
However, its central working committee member J. Dhinagaran said that instead of MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, it would be Batu Kawan MIC chairman M. Ramalingham who would face Dr Ramasamy.
“I don’t think Dr Subramaniam should entertain Dr Ramasamy.
“It is only relevant that we debate on matters affecting the Indian community in Batu Kawan parliamentary seat and Prai state seat here before moving onto national issues.
“Ramalingham will take him on for this,” he said in a statement.
According to Dhinagaran, Dr Ramasamy, in his Deepavali Open House celebration on Saturday, had challenged Dr Subramaniam to a debate on the plight of the Indians in the country.
Dhinagaran said Dr Ramasamy, who is Penang Deputy Minister II, just needed to tell him where and when he wanted the debate to take place.
“I will make the necessary arrangement. I will also bear the cost for the debate so that the people of Penang can witness it first hand,” he added.
When contacted, Dr Ramasamy, who is Prai assemblyman, said he would not debate with Ramalingham.
“I want to debate only with Dr Subramaniam. If he does not want to, I cannot force him but I hope he will not avoid the challenge.”