The revoke of debate was not a political decision – Irmohizam

The revoke of debate was not a political decision

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Datuk Seri Irmohizam Ibrahim

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – The decision to cancel the debate between Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was not a political decision.

On the contrary, it was a movement taken by police to put public safety first, said the MP of Kuala Selangor, Datuk Seri Irmohizam Ibrahim.

“We need to take precautions. The police had good reasons to withdraw the permit.

“I don’t see this as a political decision. This is about public safety,” he told MalaysiaGazette today.

Irmohizam said this in reply to the statement of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who accused the cancellation to be in conflict with Article 10 of the Constitution of Malaysia.

The former Deputy Prime Minister said that such debate had taken place in 2008 at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and it ended peacefully.

The debate was between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Minister of Communication during that time) highlighted issues on the fuel price hike which was a heated political issue at that time.

Last Saturday, the Managing Director of Karangkraf Media Group, Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacob announced that the open debate which was supposed to take place in the Karangkraf Hall at Section 15, Shah Alam on 7 April was cancelled by the police due to safety issues. -MalaysiaGazette

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