PETALING JAYA: Parti Cinta Malaysia president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan (pic) has accepted the challenge by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said he would quit his party post and join DAP as an ordinary member if Lim agreed to contest in the Penang DAP polls.
"Now the ball is in his court," said Huan in a Facebook post on Friday, which included pictures of a DAP membership application form.
Huan also reportedly said Lim would have "nightmares" if he joined DAP.
Prior to this, Lim said Huan had no right to dare him to contest the DAP party polls as he was not a party member.
Huan had issued the challenge to Lim to prove he had more support than current Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
Lim's refusal, he said, clearly meant he was not the "legitimate" chief minister.
However, Lim said it was too late to even consider contesting at this stage as the deadline for nominations was over, and rubbished talk of a popularity contest between Chow and himself.
"I have always supported Chow as Penang DAP chairman and he has always supported me as DAP secretary-general," he added.
Huan mocked Lim's refusal to contest as rooted in fear.
"Contesting in the polls is just to prove that he has the support of Penang DAP members, which is something that we all have always doubted. Is he afraid to contest?" he said.
He also suggested that Lim could always contest and win as one of the 15 elected members of the state committee, then later allow Chow to remain as Penang DAP chairman.
On Sunday, 48 DAP politicians will vie for 15 elected positions in the state committee internal polls.
Chow's faction is predicted to sweep at least two-thirds of the elected positions.