(File pix) Tunku Abdul Aziz Abdul Ibrahim has once again extended his invitation to DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang to a ‘friendly debate’. Pix by Khairull Azry Bidin

PETALING JAYA: Tunku Abdul Aziz Abdul Ibrahim has once again extended his invitation to DAP Lim to a ‘friendly debate’ on the proposition that "DAP is a dictatorship".

The former national DAP vice-chairman claims that Lim has been silent on the matter since being invited to debate a month ago.

"I am sorry to have to report that the usually garrulous Lim, self-styled seeker of the truth and defender of free speech, and other assorted freedoms real or imagined, has not uttered a word.

"His studied silence is intriguing under the circumstances.

"I may, I suppose, therefore, reasonably conclude that he agrees with the general internal party consensus and the sentiments outside the party ranks that his entrenched top dog position, unchallenged for more than half a century, bears all the hallmarks of leadership by dictatorship.

“So I suppose there the matter rests," he said at a press conference today.

Tunku Aziz, however, said that should Lim feel ready for a friendly verbal joust confined to the proposition, he is happy to oblige and would welcome the opportunity.

"I am inviting him not to confront him, as I am not a confrontational person by nature, but I am giving him a wider opportunity to speak to the people.

"It is a discussion, a discourse, but to be confined to the proposition," he added.

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