May 25, 2007

This time it is Tony Pua VS Khairy

This time it is Tony Pua vs Khairy. I surely would like to see a public debate. It is the official Oxford vs Oxford debate.

(MalaysiaKini) These were the words of DAP leader Tony Pua to his fellow Oxford graduate Khairy Jamaluddin after issuing a challenge to him for a public debate on the civil service issue.

Although the duo, in their early 30s, graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the same prestigious university, they have ended up on opposite sides of the political fence.

Yesterday, Khairy - who is also Umno Youth deputy chief - lambasted Pua and demanded an apology from him for saying that the civil service had become a ‘dumping ground’ for unemployed Malay graduates.

At a press conference in Petaling Jaya this morning, Pua, a self-made millionaire, once again ruled out the possibility of tendering an apology. He wanted a debate instead.

“Instead of asking the party and myself for an apology, Khairy should do away with emotive arguments as well as semantics and focus on the issues at hand,” he said.

Pua, who is the economic advisor to DAP secretary- general Lim Guan Eng, said the debate could be held at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall next Wednesday at 8pm.

Or it could be held at any time or place of Khairy’s choosing, he stressed.

While BERNAMA chose to report this:
PETALING JAYA, May 25 (Bernama) -- The DAP does not deny that there are some non-Bumiputera companies which make Mandarin proficiency a requirement when offering job opportunities.

Tony Pua, the economic advisor to the secretary-general of the DAP, told a press conference here today that based on employment advertisement placements, only a small number did so.

He was commenting on remarks by Umno Youth secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahalan that non-Bumiputera companies practised discrimination when it came to employing Malay graduates.

Pua said sometimes the stipulation was necessary as the employees had to travel to China where Mandarin is the language of commerce.

Pursuant to his remarks that the civil service had become a dumping ground for unemployable Bumiputera graduates, he challenged Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who had asked him to apologise for saying such, to a public debate on the matter at 8pm on May 30 at the Chinese Assembly Hall here or at any time or place of the latter's choosing

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