Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is shocked that his scheduled debate with Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad was cancelled by police for the second time.
Nazri indicated that some quarters may have misunderstood the objective of the debate, arguing that it was merely intellectual in nature.
“It was not aimed to triggering demonstrations or protests against the government.
“I am deeply shocked and surprised that I have been treated this way. Opposing Mahathir is nothing … small matter.
“I have already fought him when he was prime minister and I won. Now, he is not even prime minister,” the Padang Rengas MP told newsmen in Parliament.
The permit for the debate scheduled for April 7 was cancelled for security and public order reasons following 18 police reports in Selangor, protesting against the debate scheduled at the Karangcraft Complex in Shah Alam.
This was the second cancellation.
The police had also not issued a permit to organise a debate which was scheduled on March 25 in Padang Rengas.
While viewing the debate as healthy democratic practice, Nazri, who is also tourism and culture minister, still hoped it could be held in an open place involving public participation. – Bernama