PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s daughter, Marina, has condemned reports claiming that the trio suspected of creating the fracas at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum yesterday, were paid RM50 each.
She also questioned if those who paid the three youths to disrupt the event would now help get them out of trouble.
“Doesn’t cost much to get a bunch of bored teenage boys who can’t even vote yet to cause some trouble.
“And now that they’re in trouble, are their paymasters there to help them out? Of course not! Totally dispensable,” the social activist wrote on Facebook this evening.
The Malaysian Insight today cited sources close to police investigations as saying that the trio, aged 17 to 19, were paid to attend the forum.
They were also alleged to be part of a group that had gathered in Setiawangsa before the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum began at about 4pm, in Shah Alam’s Dewan Raja Muda Musa.
It is believed the youths were given T-shirts bearing the PPBM logo.
Two of the three suspects currently being remanded for four days are students at a private college in Shah Alam, district police chief Shafien Mamat told a press conference yesterday.
PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, whose wing organised the no-holds barred session with Mahathir, also took to social media to express his disappointment over how RM50 was enough to “buy the dignity of today’s youth”.
“RM50 was enough to do the dirty work and (attempt to) hurt Tun Mahathir.
“Don’t sacrifice your future for money. Cash is never and should never be our king,” he said in a Facebook post.
All three suspects are currently being investigated under Section 15(2)d of the Peaceful Assembly Act, Section 153 of the Penal Code for rioting, and Section 8 of the Corrosive and Explosive Substance and Offensive Weapons Act.
According to The Malaysian Insight, police background checks on the trio found that one of them, aged 18, has a criminal record and is currently involved in an ongoing rape trial.
Mahathir, who is the chairman of Pakatan Harapan, was answering questions at the forum when all of a sudden, a flare was hurled in his direction.
The hall quickly filled with smoke and it is said many began punching each other as other PPBM members rushed onto the stage to protect the 92-year-old leader.
The melee broke out soon after a participant had questioned Mahathir on the Memali incident in which 14 villagers and four policemen were killed in a confrontation between the police and an Islamic cult in November 1985 in Kedah when Mahathir was prime minister.