BUTTERWORTH: A 17-year-old boy who tried to hug former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad following a ceramah in Kepala Batas here last night, has lodged a police report over the aggressive manhandling by PPBM’s security detail.
The incident took place shortly after midnight, when Dr Mahathir was leaving the Seberang Perai Municipal Council field in Kepala Batas and heading towards his car.
It is learnt that the teenager tried to break through the human barricade to get close to the PPBM chairman in an attempt to hug him.
However, he was stopped by the security detail, manned by PPBM members, who roughed him up.
As a result, the boy’s father, who only wanted to be known as Faisal, helped his son lodge a police report at the Kepala Batas police station situated near the venue of the ceramah, against the PPBM man concerned.
Faisal, who is in his 50s, also claimed to be a “former senior leader in Penang PKR”.
“My son was just trying to see Dr Mahathir,” the man told reporters outside the police station.
In response to the teen’s accusation, a PPBM member in charge of security at the venue, told FMT that they had no choice but to stop the boy as he looked “suspicious”.
Security at events featuring opposition leaders, especially the Pakatan Harapan chairman, has been ramped up following a commotion at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum attended by Mahathir in Shah Alam, Selangor on Aug 13.
The forum, held at the Dewan Raja Muda Musa, saw various objects, including shoes and chairs hurled towards the stage while Mahathir was speaking. Flares were also lit and thrown, causing chaos as the venue filled with smoke.
Yesterday’s event, called Jelajah Semarak 3M-Mahahtir-Muhyiddin-Mukhriz and organised by PPBM, also featured the party’s president Muhyiddin Yassin and its deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also spoke at the event which attracted an estimated 3,000 people.