At first no one believed that the debate between SAPP president Yong Teck Lee and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman would materialise.
However, when the press kept being informed and 'updated' about it, the notion began to take root and the corps of reporters in Batu Sapi took notice.
The tip-off became all the more credible when Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate for P185 Bukit Sapi parliamentary by-election Ansari Abdullah was said to have announced a three-cornered debate of his own, comprising his detractors Yong and Barisan Nasional candidate Linda Tsen Thau Lin.
But at the end it turned out that all the debates did not take place. No one turned up.
Although knowing that their opponents would just ignore their challenge, they still went about it for publicity sake.
While Linda Tsen turned down Ansari's invite, Musa on the other hand was of the opinion that a debate with Yong would be a futile effort. Similarly, Yong, too, turned down Ansari's challenge for a debate at Sandakan's Dewan Hakka,and said that it would be more worthwhile to take on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, instead.
Left alone, Yong, nevertheless proceeded to turn the non-event at Dewan Hakka into a ceramah, during which Ansari actually turned up but was instead told that it would not happen as Musa had rejected it.
Meanwhile, at Sandakan's Sanbay Hotel where Ansari was supposed to have another debate with Tsen and Yong, the event turned out to be a campaign speech by Anwar.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What a gas! Plans for debates fizzle out
Posted by Lenggong Valley at 3:38 PM