PETALING JAYA: Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang have both agreed to engage in a public debate after verbally sparring over a variety of national issues on a regular basis.
In a Facebook posting Tuesday (May 21), Najib said he accepted Lim's proposed topic; "How Malaysia became a global kleptocracy and how we can become a leading nation of integrity".
"But, in all fairness, we also need to discuss other current topics in this debate," he added.
Najib proposed for the debate to take place after Hari Raya next month, adding that it should be aired live.
"My officer will be in contact with Lim's officer to organise the debate," he said.
Lim, on the other hand, responded in a press statement shortly after, saying he had no objections to discuss other topics.
"But the subject of the debate must not be changed and must be clearly publicised, whether at the debate venue or elsewhere," he said.
Lim said he would be appointing his political secretary Syahredzan Johan and his parliamentary liaison officer Ahmad Faiz Mustafa to liase with Najib's officers to iron out details of the proposed debate after Hari Raya.
"Meanwhile, I welcome Malaysians who have views on the subject to email their views and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org," Lim's statement read.
The idea of a debate came about after Lim accused Najib of keeping mum over several serious allegations against the former Umno president.
Lim's remarks came following Najib's allegations that the Iskandar Puteri MP was obsessed with him and said that it would be better if they had debated instead.