I refer to a letter by one ‘Malaysian’, which appeared in today’s Eastern Sun, 21.11.68 accusing me of trying to withdraw from the DAP-Gerakan cultural debate over the dispute over the venue.
If ‘Malaysian’ had read the Eastern Sun of Nov. 13, he would not have written such a misinformed and unfounded letter.
In the Nov. 13 report, the Eastern Sun reported me as saying:
“As Dr. Naguib Alattas insists on the MARA auditorium, I am perfectly agreeable.”
The MARA Auditorium was always acceptable to me. I had latterly suggested the Chinese Assembly Hall because I discovered that the Hall had three times the capacity as the MARA Auditorium, which could house less than 500 people.
I had thought that Dr. Syed Naguib Alatas, being the learned scholar that he is, would want more people to hear his words of wisdom and learning.
The DAP has agreed in toto to the procedures for the debate suggested by the proposed Chairman, Mr. D.R. Seenivasagam. It is now left to the Gerakan to agree, and then to wait for Nov. 24, for the two parties to explain their respective cultural policies.
Lim Kit Siang
Democratic Action Party
Audited on 2021-03-17