PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic)
says that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is using "all sorts of excuses" to reject his challenge to debate the Penang undersea tunnel project.
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said Lim had in the past challenged many people to debates and none of them had the same "rank" as him.
Lim had turned down Dr Wee's challenge by stating that he would not downgrade his position as DAP secretary-general to debate with MCA's "number two".
"What happened to only debating at your level, Guan Eng?" Dr Wee asked in a Facebook Live video on Tuesday.
Citing a list of examples, Dr Wee said Lim had challenged then minister in the prime minister's department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop to a debate on Nov 28, 2011 on the extension of the concession period for Penang Bridge by 17 years and the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway by 11 years.
"Nor Mohamed was a federal minister then with no posts in Umno," he said.
On April 7, 2016, Lim accepted an invitation to debate former urban well-being, housing and local government minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan – who is also Barisan Nasional strategic communications director – on the controversial sale of the Taman Manggis land in Penang, Dr Wee added.
He said on Feb 7, 2017, Lim challenged Federal Territories Minister and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to debate on making Penang a federal territory.
Dr Wee said Lim also wanted to debate a civil servant – then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar – over Penang's Voluntary Patrol Unit.
Dr Wee said it was strange that Lim had in the past challenged these people to a debate despite their "ranks", and was now concerned about it.
"Do I not merit the same courtesy as those people that Guan Eng had challenged to debate?
"I lead the MCA as deputy president and a member of the Cabinet. Are you insinuating that my posts rank lower than any of those above?" he asked.
Dr Wee added that he was challenging Lim, in his capacity as Chief Minister, to debate a subject that concerns Penang and had nothing to do with his party position.