Nazri: Pub­lic de­bate with Dr M will go on as planned

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IPOH: The de­bate be­tween Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz and for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad will go on as planned.

“I have in­structed Padang Ren­gas Umno sec­re­tary to as­sist the or­gan­iser, Si­nar Harian, to ob­tain a per­mit for the de­bate to­day,” Nazri said yes­ter­day.

“As the state act­ing po­lice Chief Datuk Has­nan Has­san is­sued the state­ment that no ap­pli­ca­tion had been sub­mit­ted by ei­ther party for the de­bate, we have sent our team to ap­ply for it,” he said after his visit to the World War 2 Bat­tle of Kam­par site yes­ter­day.

The Padang Ren­gas mem­ber of par­lia­ment said the de­bate, which would be held at the Sul­tan Azlan Shah Mara Ju­nior Sci­ence Col­lege in Kuala Kangsar, was a dis­course and not a demon­stra­tion, and as such, it did not vi­o­late the Peace­ful Assem­bly Act 2012.

“No prepa­ra­tion is needed as it (the de­bate) would be lim­ited to cer­tain topics and I would an­swer the ques­tions based on facts. “I will not hide any truth.”

Nazri said he re­spected Dr Ma­hathir as his for­mer boss and the way he would re­spond to the ques­tions would be based on how the ques­tions were asked.

It was ear­lier re­ported that Nazri had agreed to a de­bate with Dr Ma­hathir on con­tro­ver­sies in­volv­ing Bu­mi­put­era Malaysia Fi­nance and 1Malaysia De­vel­op­ment Bhd.

Dr Ma­hathir has chal­lenged Nazri to a de­bate after re­ject­ing the lat­ter’s call to con­test the Langkawi par­lia­men­tary seat.

Dr Ma­hathir, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia chair­man, was re­cently ap­pointed the party’s Langkawi di­vi­sion chief.

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz (fourth from left) vis­it­ing the World War 2 Bat­tle of Kam­par site yes­ter­day.

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