I’ve to treat my back pain, says Mukhriz’s for­mer of­fi­cer

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ALOR STAR: The pro­posed de­bate be­tween Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir and his for­mer spe­cial of­fi­cer, Haris Che Mat, may not ma­te­ri­alise this Satur­day.

Haris, who is also Pokok Sena Umno divi­sion vice-chief, said he needed to seek treat­ment from a spe­cial­ist doc­tor for his back­ache.

As such, Haris said he was un­able to ap­ply for a per­mit from po­lice for the de­bate yet as he would be ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal for a full scan on his back.

“I have to wait for the out­come of the di­ag­no­sis to see if I am fit enough to pro­ceed with the de­bate. How can I han­dle the de­bate when I can’t even sit for a long time due to the pain?” he said when con­tacted y e s t e rday.

Haris said the pain that re­curred over the week­end could be due to the surgery that he un­der­went in Jan­uary to re­move kid­ney stones.

How­ever, he said he was adamant about go­ing ahead with the de­bate even if he had to set a new date.

He said his for­mer boss could ask him only about mat­ters con­cern­ing Mukhriz's wealth.

“Peo­ple must un­der­stand that the de­bate is about the wealth amassed by Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s chil­dren.

“There­fore, Mukhriz’s ques­tions to me should be on the sub­ject alone.”

On Thurs­day, Haris threw a chal­lenge to Mukhriz to face him in an open de­bate over al­le­ga­tions that the for­mer Kedah menteri be­sar had amassed bil­lions of ring­git within a short pe­riod.

Later the same day, the Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia deputy pres­i­dent ac­cepted the chal­lenge and sug­gested the de­bate to be held on Wed­nes­day.

Haris Che Mat

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