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Chaos at Nothing To Hide 2.0

SHAH ALAM, Aug 13 :  The Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum featuring a no-holds barred session with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had to be suspended after several individuals created a ruckus by throwing objects towards the stage.

The incident occurred midway through the session on Sunday, when Dr Mahathir was standing on stage and was answering a question on the 1985 Memali tragedy.

A bottle was suddenly seen being flung from the crowd towards the stage, and the hall erupted into chaos as chairs and flares were also thrown.

The session was immediately suspended and Dr Mahathir as well as other Opposition politicians attending the forum were quickly escorted out of the hall.

 Two men, suspected to be among those who provoked the violence, have been arrested by police.

Dr Mahathir and moderator Azhar Harun, who were on stage, did not react when the commotion broke out but were quickly escorted out of the hall.

An aide told  that Dr Mahathir, his wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, Bersatu president Muhiyddin Yassin, former Kedah MB Mukhriz Mahathir, Perkasa vice-president Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, Bersatu youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and veteran DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang were not injured in the incident.

“All the VIPs were rushed out of the hall when the commotion broke out.”

Meanwhile the agent provocateurs at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum featuring Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday were not Pribumi members, said Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

The Pribumi Youth chief said that although the troublemakers were wearing red t-shirts with the Armada logo, these t-shirts were not officially commissioned by the party.

“They wore Armada t-shirts, but an early investigation indicates that they were not from Armada. You can see that they were wearing t-shirts with the Armada logo covered in black. We don’t have these t-shirts,” he said while holding a t-shirt that was taken off one of the alleged perpetrators.

Syed Saddiq expressed disappointment at the incident which took place around 5.30pm, as Dr Mahathir was answering a question from the audience on the Memali tragedy in 1985.

 He called for swift action to be taken against those who instigated the violence by throwing chairs, bottles, flares and other projectiles in the direction of the stage, where Dr Mahathir and forum moderator Azhar Harun were seated.

He also called for action against any party members who responded to the incident with further physical acts of violence.

“If there are any Pribumi members who also conspired with politics of revenge or vigilante justice, then we hope police will also take action against them and throw them in jail. A wrong is a wrong,” he added.

Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Shafien Mamat later confirmed that three people aged 17, 18, and 19 were arrested in connection with the incident. Two of them were college students.

 

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