AMPANG: An angry crowd turned against organisers of the Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum here after the no-show by deposed Umno deputy leader Muhyiddin Yassin.
About two-thirds of the 200-strong crowd stormed out angrily of the forum, with some verbally abusing the organisers, Malay rights activist group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia, and accused them of lying.
One participant said: “These are Najib’s people, they are trying to lie about Muhyiddin.”
Another participant, Hukum Mohd Noor, 60, told FMT that he felt cheated, as he had expected to hear about pressing issues concerning the country instead of revelations of an alleged affair concerning Muhyiddin.
“We wanted to know about big issues concerning the country. Instead, they are exposing all the ‘bad things’ about Muhyiddin and it’s all lies. We are Muslim and we are fasting. This is not good at all.”
About 200 people had filled the hall at Kelab Darul Ehsan in Ampang at 3pm, when forum organisers said that Muhyiddin was on his way.
At 4pm, JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah took the stage and began verbally attacking the former deputy prime minister.
More than 100 people left the hall in anger, shouting at JMM and accusing them of lying.
One participant, who wished not to be named, said that they had come because they wanted to hear Muhyiddin’s side of the story. “We are not interested in those trivial issues.”
Another, Purnama Kassim, 55, a retiree from Johor Baru, told FMT that she was enraged about the contents of the forum, dismissing it as pure slander and lies.
Another attendee said that he already knew Muhyiddin wouldn’t make an appearance when Azwanddin took to the stage to voice out his feelings and opinions.
“We are not kids. When you are giving such speeches, you are trying to cheat the people who had come today. It is pointless for Azwanddin to express his feelings. We want to hear from Muhyiddin’s side, what had really transpired. I’m very disappointed with the organiser.”
Yesterday, Muhyiddin’s special advisor Mohd Nardin Awang had issued a press statement denying that Muhyiddin was attending the event.
However Azwanddin was adamant that Muhyiddin had been invited and had agreed to attend.