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Dr M-Nazri showdown: Unfair to use gov’t media, says Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20: Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said that it would be “unfair” to use government’s media to have a live telecast of his debate with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as it is purely between two individuals from opposing sides.

“I think he (Dr Mahathir) has no post. He’s not the Opposition leader. If he was, then maybe it could be Government versus Opposition. I’m also not head of the Government, so this is purely between two individuals. It would be unfair to use the Government’s platform for that,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Monday.

He was commenting on Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak’s statement, who said that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will not be airing the live telecast of the debate between Dr Mahathir and Nazri.

“The debate is not organised by RTM…We don’t have plans to air the live telecast of the debate,” Salleh had said yesterday.

The debate is scheduled to be held at Nazri’s constituency of Padang Rengas in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, on March 25 after Dr Mahathir challenged him to debate on several important issues on March 10.

Nazri, who is Umno supreme council member, also said that the debate would be more of a dialogue between the two leaders, and that there will be no winner or loser.

“No such thing as winner or loser. I understand it’s a dialogue, so everyone is welcome to ask questions. It will be a serious debate,” he added.

On Saturday, Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said his ministry had approved the permit application for the debate after receiving it from the organiser.

The debate, to be held at the Sultan Azlan Shah Mara Junior Science College (MRSM), has been the talk of the town lately as it would touch on issues including the Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Limited (BMF).


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