P212″Debate off..??”

The sms which audie61 received was ,”There will not be fireworks between DAP and SUPP in the debate.Its Off and How Sad.Someonechix out and used a very lame excuse. No need to say anymore and it would be a level playing field for the parties speakers to impress.

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The DAP recently banged on SUPP’s door, challenging the Sarawak-based party head-on for a one-on-one debate over Sibu’s future in the run-up to the constituency’s forthcoming by-election.

The latter, however, pulled out of the challenge on grounds that they are busy preparing for their campaign.

DAP Sarawak chief Wong Ho Leng today then accused their opponents of chickening out of the debate which was scheduled for 7.30pm this Thursday at the Sibu Friendship Association Hall.

azlan“Did SUPP chicken out because they don’t have the courage to debate?” he charged at a press conference in Sibu this afternoon.

“I want to appeal to all Sibu residents to tell SUPP not to chicken out, and take on DAP in this great debate on who can actually benefit the rakyat,” said the opposition party’s candidate for the by-election.

The Sibu Election Watch (SEW) NGO had organised the face-off between the contesting parties with the topic: ‘Who can lead to a better future?’

SEW coordinator Wong Meng Chuo said they actually secured SUPP’s consent on April 30 before they approached DAP for their participation, but are now in a bind as to how to proceed with their plans.

Each party was asked to send two speakers for the debate, with leeway given to SUPP to choose any party member they wished as representatives.

‘Too busy to debate’

SUPP had originally confirmed their central working committee member Daniel Ngien Kiong Ann, while DAP put up Wong and Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen.

The Barisan Nasional component party’s late decision to back out has left SEW in a dilemma. “We haven’t decided whether to proceed with a question and answer session with the DAP or cancel the event. We will announce our decision tomorrow,” said the SEW coordinator.

azlanWhen contacted, Ngien acknowledged that he was supposed to attend the debate, but said they are tied down with their campaign preparations.

“We are very busy with our campaign. We hope the debate could be held after the by-election,” he said, echoing a similar response by the prime minister when challenged to a debate during the recent Hulu Selangor by-election.

The DAP candidate, meanwhile won’t be placated. “The DAP will go to the venue to wait for SUPP to come,” said Wong.

The May 16 Sibu by-election is expected to be a one-on-one battle between SUPP, representing the Barisan Nasional, and DAP under the Pakatan Rakyat flag.

The BN has named 45-year-old lawyer Robert Lau Hui Yew (right in above pix) as its candidate, while Wong Ho Leng (left) will contest for the DAP. The seat was vacated after SUPP’s Robert Lau Hoi Chew died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 66