War of words enlivens Twitter

War of words enlivens Twitter

PETALING JAYA: The war of words between Datuk Abdul Rah­man Dahlan and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over the Taman Manggis land on Twitter has become complicated with more jumping into the fray.

Abdul Rahman, the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, and Lim had been at it since Friday night after the Barisan Nasional strategic communications director said plans for a debate on the issue had to be put on hold while he travelled overseas.

Now, the debate, which was originally scheduled for next week, will only be held after Abdul Rahman returns from his trip on April 15.

“I am going overseas tonight. Back by 15th. My trip was organised long time ago. Debate after the trip,” he tweeted on Friday night.

Lim could not resist taking a swipe at his Barisan counterpart, claiming that the proposed debate had now “lost steam”.

Huh … Apa ini? (What is this?) Debate hilang stim lah (Debate has lost steam). I had earlier cut short my overseas trip to China to face you in Parliament,” he tweeted back.

“Does @mpkotabelud want to debate me overseas? Where? Come back lah! If I can cancel official China trip and rush back to face you in Parliament, why can’t you,” Lim said.

In response, the Kota Belud MP launched into a series of tweets claiming that Lim did not dare face him in Parliament, claiming that Lim only rushed back from China because the Taman Manggis land issue had escalated.

He also retorted to Lim’s suggestion that the debate had “lost steam”, saying that he would offer his questions for the debate in advance so that the chief minister could prepare his answers.

Abdul Rahman had on Wednes­day challenged Lim to a public debate on the two property issues in the state – Taman Manggis and the bungalow Lim bought – after producing what he claimed was fresh evidence of corruption against the chief minister.

Lim duly accepted the challenge and said he was prepared to have the one-on-one debate telecast live on television.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak had said hat RTM was ready to televise the debate live.

Yesterday, in response to Lim’s tweets, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin criticised him for being unreasonable by asking Abdul Rahman to come home immediately from an official trip to face him in a debate.

“He said he’ll take you on when he’s back from an official trip. Don’t think this is necessary,” tweeted Khairy.