The Penang Gerakan says that the two women should have a debate to clear allegations against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
GEORGE TOWN: Politicians’ penchant for calling for a debate has taken another turn. Penang Gerakan wants a contest between Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s wife Betty Chew and the woman who has been making the news Ng Phaik Kheng.
Last month, a few blogs had alleged that Lim has been involved romantically with Ng, a former staff with his Chief Minister’s office (CMO).
Penang Gerakan legal and human rights bureau head Baljit Singh says he does not like gutter politics but he has suggested a debate between the two women.
Since Lim had been a fervent advocate of debates, Baljit said the DAP secretary-general should not hesitate to arrange a live debate between his Chew and Ng.
Baljit’s reason for suggesting the debate is that the chief minister should clear all doubts on his integrity and dignity .
“A debate would put to rest the issue once and for all and all three can get on with their lives,” said Baljit.
Newsmen would remember how delightfully Lim paraded Ng as “a major catch from Gerakan” before the media at the State Legislative Assembly in 2008 when she joined his CMO.
But Lim reacted angrily when questioned by reporters on the blogs’ allegations. He issued legal threats against reporters if they dared to write or print about it.
Many cyber commentators questioned Lim for threatening the media with legal suits when he should have walked his talk on freedom of press.
Malacca MCA chief and Duyong assemblyman Gan Tian Loo asked Chew at the Malacca State Legislaive Assembly on the reasons for sudden departure of Ng from CMO.
Chew is the state assemblywoman for Kota Laksamana. Ng is now a teacher at Chung Ling High School in Air Itam, George Town.
In defending themselves, Lim and Chew launched unrelated attacks on MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek and challenged Gan to repeat his remarks outside the House so that they can file a defamation suit against him.
In the midst of this, MIC national social and welfare bureau deputy chairman R Ramanan suggested Lim, Chew and Ng to undergo a lie detector test to end public debate on the issue.
When contacted today, Ramanan said Lim, Chew and Ng can also undergo polygraph test if they are not keen on lie detector test, adding that his suggestion was for the good of Lim and his family harmony.
Over the years many BN leaders were embroiled in many scandals but Ramanan said they have never resorted to pleading or begging to be left alone.
But, he pointedly noted that Chew had made an unprecedented plea to even Chua’s wife to stop the MCA president’s alleged cruelty against her and Lim.