Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has challenged Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to a debate on the latter's controversial proposal to turn Penang into a federal territory.
Lim said that the debate should be aired on RTM and TV3 on the topic of “Why must Penang be a FT and not other states?”.
To justify his choice of topic, Lim said some states such as Sabah and Kelantan are poor and are more in need of federal aid.
"This is a dirty political tactic just because BN is not confident of their chances in the coming GE14. Do they feel better if there are no state polls in Penang?" asked Lim at a press conference in Penang today.
During an interview with BFM 89.9 on Feb 1, Tengku Adnan had said that he wished for Penang and parts of Malacca to be made federal territories.
In days that followed, he claimed that turning Penang into a federal territory would help the Malay community because they are marginalised by the state government.
He also claimed that if Penang becomes a federal territory, more affordable housing could be built and clarified that all ethnic groups were being marginalised by the state government currently.
Lim said should Penang become a federal territory, there will be no state elections, a state cabinet or local governments, which poses a big threat to the rights of Penangites.
He added that making Penang a federal territory would effectively remove one of Malaysia's 13 states.
On the state government's ongoing "I love Penang" campaign, Lim said that the campaign would instill "love" for the state and its many achievements.- Mkini