LAST_UPDATESun, 24 Jun 2018 3pm

No Green Light For Mahathir-Nazri Debate

IPOH: Police have rejected an application from Kumpulan Media Karangkraf to organise a debate between Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Acting Perak police chief DCP Datuk Hasnan Hassan said police studied the application and felt it was not in the best interest of the people there.

"We have taken into consideration factors pertaining to safety, public order and protection of public rights and freedom.

"Kuala Kangsar district police chief ACP Ahmad Termizi Abd Haq rejected the permit application and verbally informed the organiser, Kumpulan Media Karangkraf, on Monday," Hasnan said today.

Hasnan said Ahmad Tarmizi received the permit application on Monday about 3pm.

"The organiser was late in submitting the application, and only did so on March 20 at 3pm," he said, adding that it fell short of the 10-day requirement under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

The much-anticipated debate between Dr Mahathir and Nazri was scheduled to take place at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Kati, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, on March 25.

Hasnan further revealed that the permit was also denied because the venue chosen was a school, which was prohibited premises under the First Schedule (Section 3) of the Peaceful Assembly Act.

"Eight police reports have been made by the public and residents living near MRSM.

"The Third Schedule of the Act also clearly states that any assembly or dialogue of this nature is not categorised as a permitted assembly," Hasnan added.

- The Sun Daily