Selangor MCA Beliawanis chief Jessie Ooi, who rose to prominence during the first public debate between Dr Chua Soi Lek and Lim Guan Eng, thinks that the latter deserve 50 marks out of 100 for his performance.

chua lim debate 080712Ooi applauded Lim for mostly staying on the topic, which she said was a marked improvement from the first debate when met after the debate.

Ooi also commended Chua, her party president, adding that he scored “very well” and responded to every question that was posed to him.

During the first debate back in February, Ooi rose from obscurity after a video clip of her angrily posing an incoherent question to Lim circulated through Facebook but this time round, Ooi never got near the microphone as organisers only took questions from the floor through writing.

Ooi remarked that the organisers - Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) - had done a better job at organising the event and this helped improve the standard of the debate - hence unlike the first debate, the two speakers were able to stick to the topic more.

“In the first debate, they strayed from the topic completely and attack each other for the sake of it. Today they have improved,” she told Malaysiakini.

However, Ooi said she was still disappointed with Lim, over his apparent reluctance to answer certain questions.

Met at the venue, MCA Youth chief Wee Ka Siong too criticised Lim for dodging questions. Lim's failure to shake hands with Chua also drew critism from Wee who said that as a former debate speaker himself, he could see Lim's arrogance but Wee gave Lim credit for being better prepared this time round.