KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 21: Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that he is very much “disturbed and disappointed” with the police’s decision of rejecting the permit application to hold a debate between him and former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I’m very much disturbed by the news and disappointed, I have said it for several times this is not a rally .
“I don’t understand why the debate between Mahathir and I is not allowed .
“This is not a rally, where permission needs to be given for the rally to take place, this is a debate,” Nazri told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.
“I have the permission from MARA, from its director-general Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad, he said he agrees to it and a letter also has been given.
“So I don’t understand why the police has rejected my rights, they said that the are several NGOs that didn’t agree. Since when have we become a police state.
“Since when can an individuals rights be can be barred by anyone when they have not caused any problems,” said the peeved Padang Rengas MP.
He said that he is very disturbed by this whole situation, “I’m am very disturbed this is not a police state this is Malaysia practicing democracy.”
He said that Dr Mahathir who was his former boss are not the type of people to instigate fights.
“Tun and I are not people that will instigate fights, I am a minister.
“I’m a minister, Tun M was a former prime minister, what is it.
“Am I a communist or terrorist? I am a minister and Tun M was a former prime minister, what is it they think can happen?
“There are many things that the police ought to do and but it is not for them to prevent Tun M and I from having a debate.
“I want to give reassurance that I will not instigate anyone to cause a fight, I just want to have a debate with Tun M.
“I have anticipated this also,that is why I don’t want any supporters of Umno, BN nor the government to not be present there during the debate,” said Nazri.
Nazri said that he does not want to fight with Mahathir, nor would he insult him and say anything rude.
“I won’t insult him I just want to have a debate with him and he can ask me whatever he wants, maybe they feel I will be rude to him, I will not be rude to him and I will speak to him well, he was my boss once and he is much older than I am,” said Nazri.
Nazri was commenting on Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan’s statement saying that the police have rejected the application for a permit to hold a debate between the duo.
Mar 25 was the scheduled date of the debate between Dr Mahathir and Nazri where it was to take place at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Kati, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.