The usually ‘garrulous’ DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has yet to respond to Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim’s invitation for a friendly debate.
This, according to Tunku Abdul Aziz can be reasonably concluded as Kit Siang agreeing with the general party consensus as well as sentiments outside the party ranks that his unchallenged position as DAP leader all these years ‘bears all the hallmarks of leadership by dictatorship’.
Speaking at a press conference at the Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya today, Tunku Abdul Aziz said the invitation however, still stands.
On April 4, the former DAP national vice-chairman invited Kit Siang for a debate on the proposition that the DAP is ruled and sustained by dictatorship.
“I am sorry to have to report that the usually garrulous Kit Siang, self-styled seeker after the truth and defender of free speech, and other assorted freedoms real or imagined, has not uttered a word.
“His studied silence is intriguing in the circumstances,” Tunku Abdul Aziz told reporters today.
“However should Kit Siang feel ready for a friendly verbal joust confined to the proposition that DAP is ruled and sustained by his dictatorship, I should be happy to oblige and welcome the opportunity,” he added.
Tunku Abdul Aziz however stressed that he was not in any way challenging Kit Siang, but the debate is just an invitation to give the DAP adviser a chance to defend his stand.
“I am not a confrontational man. This is an invitation. I repeat it’s an invitation,” he said.
He also observed that if Kit Siang aspires for the leadership of the nation, he has to show his democratic credentials as Malaysia is a country that practises democracy and abides by democratic principles.
“He (Kit Siang) owes it to Malaysians to explain where he really stands with regards to the Constitution of our country.”