- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 15:56
KUALA LUMPUR: Padang Rengas Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz expressed his readiness to face Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad alone, without the attendance of Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters.
The Tourism and Culture Minister said that the debate with the former Prime Minister is between himself and Dr Mahathir, not on his capacity as an UMNO member or government representative.
"I ask UMNO-BN people to not come, I don't have a problem. I can go alone.
"It is better (to not come) because I do not need to speak with an UMNO representative, I will be speaking with the Opposition. Let them hear my explanation," he said.
The Nazri-Dr Mahathir debate is scheduled to be held this Saturday, March 25 2017 at Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Kangsar at 3pm.
The event organised by Sinar Harian came about following the continuous bickering between the two leaders before Dr Mahathir finally challenged Nazri to a debate.
Without any hesitation, Nazri accepted the former Prime Minister's challenge.
Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that his side has received the application from the organiser to obtain a permit for the event and explained that they will give a 'green light'.
Explaining further about his debate, Nazri insisted that there is no need for the event to be broadcasted live on RTM since he does not hold a high position in government, or Dr Mahathir within the opposition.
"Yes, because Dr Mahathir does not hold a position. He is not the opposition leader. If he is the opposition leader then it will seem like the opposition is against the government. But I am not a government leader.
"This is between individuals. It is between individuals who are not important, we cannot use government channels.
"Moreover, Dr Mahathir challenged me as an individual. And he is not the leader of the opposition or coalition. He does not have the status to go 'live'" he added.
The debate is expected to focus on the much debated 1MDB issues, RM2.6 billions donation into the account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Bumiputra Malaysian Finance (BMF) scandal as well as the East Coast Rail Line project.