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Police: No permit request for Mahathir-Nazri debate yet

 | March 17, 2017

Acting Perak police chief Hasnan Hassan says action will be taken under the Peaceful Assembly Act, if it is held without permission.


IPOH: Police have not received any application from any quarters to hold a debate between former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz planned to be held next week.

Acting Perak police chief Hasnan Hassan said so far, there was no request for a permit to hold the gathering, planned for 3pm at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sultan Azlan Shah in Kuala Kangsar on March 25.

“If it is held without permission from the police, the event will be unlawful and action could be taken under the Peaceful Assembly Act,” Hasnan said in a statement here today.

He said it was the responsibility of the police to ensure public order and advised the public against participating in the event.

According to recent media reports, Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, had accepted Mahathir’s challenge and had even allocated and arranged a time and place for the purpose.

The Umno Supreme Council member said it would be a healthy debate on issues like the Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal.


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