Umno man: Con­duct de­bate on April 1

New Straits Times - - News -

ALOR STAR: Pokok Sena Umno divi­sional vice-chief Haris Che Mat has pro­posed that his de­bate with Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir be held on April 1.

Haris said the de­bate should start at 3pm and be held in Jer­lun, but this would de­pend whether a po­lice per­mit could be ob­tained.

“March 29, as sug­gested by Mukhriz is too soon. Al­low me to fully re­cover from my back pain be­fore the de­bate,” he said yes­ter­day.

Haris, once a spe­cial of­fi­cer to Mukhriz when he was menteri be­sar, said he pre­ferred to con­duct the de­bate in Jer­lun as the main is­sue for dis­cus­sion was about the wealth amassed by Mukhriz.

It was re­ported that Mukhriz, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) deputy pres­i­dent, had ac­cepted the chal­lenge. He had said it should be held in Pokok Sena in­stead of Jer­lun as sug­gested by Haris.

On an­other note, Haris de­nied that he was try­ing to avoid the de­bate with Mukhriz af­ter a photo of him in a hospi­tal had gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

Haris said he went to the hospi­tal to get treat­ment for his back pain, which he had been suf­fer­ing since yes­ter­day.

“I was told to rest af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­jec­tion.

“I am feel­ing much bet­ter af­ter tak­ing some med­i­ca­tion,” he said.

Haris said the pain was from in­juries that he sus­tained more than 10 years ago.

Haris Che Mat

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