Accept Dr M’s live debate challenge, DAP tells Najib

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should take up his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s challenge to a live debate as it will be an “excellent opportunity” to address his allegations against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), DAP said today.DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Najib could also seek to prove his contention that Dr Mahathir had lied and distorted facts on 1MDB, if he debated with the former PM.

“Why hasn’t Najib jumped on the opportunity to ‘finish’ (Dr) Mahathir off for good? Who has more to hide – Najib or Dr Mahathir?” the Gelang Patah MP said in a statement today.”Since Mahathir had challenged Najib to a duel, this will be an excellent opportunity not only for Najb live up to his ‘Nothing to Hide’ claim on the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal, prove Dr Mahathir’s dishonesty and mala fide on the 1MDB issue by exposing the ‘lies and distortion of facts’, but also expose Dr Mahathir’s heinous series of RM100 billion financial scandals under his 22-year rule.”

Dr Mahathir had challenged Najib to a live debate on television, saying he was prepared to answer questions about his 22 years as prime minister.In a closed-door meeting with Umno-linked non-governmental organisations on Wednesday, Dr Mahathir was recorded in a video saying that Najib could ask him anything about his tenure as Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, and that he could also ask Najib about anything.

“I want to ask Datuk Seri Najib, together with me to be on stage in front of television (cameras).“Najib can ask what I have done in the past, (claims) that I, too, had lost some money, he can ask (me) and I can ask him, too,” he said in a video that was uploaded on YouTube yesterday by a user “Minaq Jinggo”. – June 19, 2015.

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