After Anwar, Najib now wants to debate Kit Siang

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After debating Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on May 12, former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak now wants to take on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

Najib said he was compelled to challenge Lim, as the Iskandar Puteri MP repeatedly mentioned his name in press statements.

“Apparently, he has retired, but he picks on me every day and keeps saying Malaysia is about to become a failed state.

“I debated Anwar the other day in Bahasa Malaysia, but for uncle, I offer to debate you in English,” added the Pekan MP.

Najib said if the debate is on, he will ask Lim to address the various controversies concerning DAP and his allegations that Malaysia is set to become a failed state.

“From the beginning of your political career 60 years ago, you have repeatedly mentioned that Malaysia will go bankrupt. But the country isn’t bankrupt yet,” he said in a Facebook post.

In a statement on Friday (May 20), Lim denied advocating violence in drawing comparisons between Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

He maintained he was merely warning that Malaysia should learn from its Asian neighbour’s ongoing experience and prevent its political and socio-economic conditions from deteriorating.

Najib listed Lim’s accusations linking him to the murder of several individuals and the death of Teoh Beng Hock, a former political aide to Selangor executive councillor and DAP Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah as potential debate topics.

Najib had previously said he was ready to debate Lim in 2019 but that the latter then cancelled.

This is the latest in the war of words between the two after Najib had accused Lim of inciting the public by questioning whether Malaysia will suffer the same fate as Sri Lanka, which was recently plagued by unrest.

He said Lim should not issue such statements and instead enjoy life as a retiree. Lim then told the Pekan MP he had retired from “competitive politics”, not politics as a whole.