Mahathir versus Nazri: In the end, they had a ‘silent’ cendol meet…

26 March 2017


Dr M pokes fun at Nazri’s ‘silent’ cendol meet

Alyaa Azhar


Despite their highly-anticipated debate in Kuala Kangsar having been postponed, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz still managed to meet, even if it was just over cendol in the Perak town yesterday.

At a programme organised by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia later at night, Mahathir recounted Nazri’s eagerness to debate him.

“But I see that his party doesn’t support him, his government doesn’t support him, no one is supporting him so he cannot debate me.

“But it’s okay, we will have the debate in Shah Alam on April 7.”

Nevertheless, Mahathir said he was puzzled over the “silent” encounter the two had yesterday.

“He was determined to meet me but when we met at the cendol place, he didn’t say anything. What’s the point of meeting but not saying anything,” said Mahathir, to laughter from the audience.

At this point, Mahathir’s microphone stopped working.

After a minute or so, with organisers from Bersatu scrambling to fix the problem, Mahathir quipped,

“This microphone is like Nazri, it has lost its voice”.

Explaining his reason for coming to Padang Rengas, Mahathir said he wanted to observe a constituency which is being led by a federal minister.

“But it doesn’t look like one: houses are ripped here and there.

“Maybe the (government’s) focus is on other areas, (but) if you can’t take care of your own area, how are you supposed to take care of the country?” Mahathir said, addressing Nazri.

Towards the end of his speech, Mahathir again cited their encounter, adding he had thought Nazri may have wanted to tell him that he was quitting his cabinet post.

“But he was silent. Sitting beside me, if he had whispered, I would have heard it. But he didn’t say anything.

“He just sat and faced the front, he didn’t look at my face at all.

“At most he said ‘that’s Perak River’ – but I already know that, he didn’t have to tell me that,” said Mahathir, to more laughter from the audience.

This, he lamented, is the “quality of leaders today”, citing other Umno leaders such as Ahmad Maslan and Shahrir Samad.

21 March 2017


KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has suggested April 7 as the new date for his debate with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, following the police’s move to forbid the event from being held in Perak this Saturday.

Nazri said the event organiser, Kumpulan Media Karangkraf, has agreed for the debate to be held at 9.30pm on April 7 at its headquarters in Shah Alam.

“My only request is for (Parti Amanah Negara’s) Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad to become the moderator,” Nazri said during a press conference at Parliament here today.

Nazri said he was made to understand that Khalid had agreed to carry the task of moderating the public debate.

Forget Perak, Mahathir calls for debate on new date, new venue

March 21, 2017

Umno minister Nazri Aziz has until tomorrow evening to assure that the debate will go on, says the former PM.

PUTRAJAYA: The police’s “no go” order may not be the end of the much anticipated debate between former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Umno minister Nazri Aziz.

This is because Mahathir, who says he is all prepared for the debate, is willing to go ahead with it even if it has to be held on another date, and at another venue.

“If he (Nazri) has no power, or his (position) in the government and in his party is weak, then we can offer to have the debate either in Shah Alam, or any other venue that does not require police permission.

“I will attend (even if the debate is postponed to another date), because Nazri is not our target. We want to discuss about 1MDB, and do a comparison with BMF (Bumiputra Malaysia Finance),” he told a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here today.

The debate was initially scheduled to be held in the hall of the Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Kuala Kangsar on March 25.

Although both Mahathir and Nazri had agreed to the debate, acting Perak Police chief Hasnan Hassan said it was denied as the organisers submitted the application form late, and because such an event was not allowed to be held within school premises.

Hasnan also said that the police had received written objections, with eight reports lodged by the public and residents in the vicinity who were worried about their safety and that of their families.

Nazri, “It’s just a debate. I am not going to fight with him (physically). He (Mahathir) used to be my boss.”

Nazri Aziz denies that he wanted to literally”bertumbuk” (fist fight) with Dr Mahathir…


Mahathir versus Nazri Aziz

25 March 2017
3.00 pm
Mara Junior College (MRSM) Sultan Azlan Shah Hall
Padang Rengas

Mahathir has challenged Nazri to a debate. The open debate could be on the 1MDB and RM2.6 billion scandal, the RM55 billion East Coast Railway Link or even the Bumiputera Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal.

Nazri has accepted.

19 March 2017

4h4 hours ago

Salleh: RTM won’t air debate between Dr M and Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will not be airing a live telecast of the debate between former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the debate, scheduled to take place in Kuala Kangsar, Perak on March 25, was purely between the two persons.

“The debate is not organised by RTM … We don’t have plans to air the live telecast of the debate,” he told a press conference here on Sunday.


18 March 2017


Nazri calls Zam a ‘stupid fellow’

March 18, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz has chastised former cabinet minister Zainuddin Maidin with a stinging remark, calling him a “stupid fellow” for speculating that Umno will not allow him to debate with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Commenting on a blog article that Zainuddin recently posted, Nazri said the proposed debate was not against any national interest.

He described the former information minister, also known as Zam, as “really stupid” and said he was “speaking rubbish”.

“Malaysia is a free country,” he added. “I don’t need permission from the party. Tell the stupid fellow to shut up.”

Nazri told FMT “no one touched on the subject” of the debate at yesterday’s cabinet meeting, which was attended by both Prime Minister Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In his blog article, Zainuddin said Nazri should have sought permission from Umno before accepting Mahathir’s challenge. He said Umno would not allow the debate to take place on the pretext that it would breach party discipline.

17 March 2017


No permit request for Dr Mahathir-Nazri debate: Police

IPOH: Police have not received application from any quarters to hold a debate between former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz planned to be held next week.

Acting Perak police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan (pix) said so far, there was no request for a permit to hold the gathering, planned at 3pm at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sultan Azlan Shah in Kuala Kangsar on March 25.

“If it is held without permission from the police, the event will be unlawful and action could be taken under the Peaceful Assembly Act,” he said in a statement here today.


Zam: Umno will stop Nazri-Mahathir debate

March 17, 2017

Former minister Zainuddin Maidin says ruling party will give ‘breach of party discipline’ as reason to cancel debate.

PETALING JAYA: A former minister today said the much-awaited debate between Nazri Aziz and Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not take place and will be shot down by Umno on the pretext that it breached party discipline.

Zainuddin Maidin said that while he did not doubt the ability of the tourism and culture minister to debate the former prime minister over 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation, Nazri should have sought permission from the party before agreeing to the debate.

In a blog post, Zainuddin said he was not surprised that Umno information chief Annuar Musa declared Nazri was not representing the party when taking up Mahathir’s challenge.

The former information minister added that Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani also stressed that Nazri will not represent the government fearing that he would not be able to come to Putrajaya’s defence over the state investment fund.

Nazri has since said he would be representing his constituency, Padang Renggas.

“I believe Nazri’s actions may have belittled the abilities of Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak and Annuar who are viewed as cowards for attacking Mahathir behind his back.

“The public and the opposition will see Nazri as an Umno or government representative as he is both an Umno supreme council member and a cabinet member.”

16 March 2017

Nazri: I’m representing Padang Rengas, to defend PM

Anne Muhammad

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz says he is representing his constituents in Padang Rengas, in defending the prime minister against “lies” perpetuated by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 1MDB.

This is in response to Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani saying that Nazri will not be representing the government in the debate against Mahathir in Kuala Kangsar on March 25.

“I am also confused because the government and my party says I am not representing BN or the government, but the opposition says I am.

“Simply put, I am representing Padang Rengas constituents, because I am Padang Rengas MP,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

To a question, he also said he will be defending Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“I am a minister and the PM appointed me, so wherever I go, I cannot run away from the fact that I am a BN MP and a cabinet minister,” said the five-term MP.

Nazri said the police have already approved the debate, which will be held at the Kuala Kangsar Mara Junior College (MRSM) hall, instead of the earlier planned Millennium Hall.

“But we have be sure of this because the hall is within a school compound,” he said.

11 March 2017

Nazri says he won’t back out of debate, unlike other minister

Geraldine Tong

Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said nothing will make him back out of the debate with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Nazri said he would not budge even if he was in a similar scenario as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who previously had to cancel his highly-anticipated debate with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“Why should I? I am Nazri Aziz, you should know me better, I am not Rahman Dahlan,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted.

Nazri said the only way his debate will be cancelled was if Mahathir backed out.

“It (the debate) is on. If it is off, it is because Mahathir called it off, not me.

“Don’t listen to people saying that I will back out at the eleventh hour,” said Nazri.

When asked if their debate should also be telecast live on television, Nazri said it is up to Mahathir’s team to make the arrangements.

“It’s up to him. He is the one who challenged me. I just make myself present,” Nazri, who has been a staunch Mahathir critic, said.

Nazri added that he was not concerned about the health issues of his 91-year-old opponent during the debate in his stronghold of Padang Rengas on March 25.

“It’s just a debate. I am not going to fight with him (physically). He (Mahathir) used to be my boss,” he said.

Any topic is fair game during the debate, Nazri said, adding that he already knows Mahathir wants to talk about the Bumiputera Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal, 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation issue.

10 March 2017

Dr M picks Nazri’s stronghold for debate

Adrian Wong

Arrangements are being made to hold a debate between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Umno minister Nazri Abdul Aziz in Padang Rengas, Perak, said an aide to the former premier.

Padang Rengas is the parliamentary constituency of Nazri, who is also the tourism and culture minister.

“Dr Mahathir welcomes the preparedness of Nazri to have a debate with him on issues concerning the nation.

“Details of these arrangements would be submitted to Nazri’s office soon for confirmation. Dr Mahathir is looking forward to the debate,” the aide told Malaysiakini.

Mahathir is slated to visit Padang Rengas on March 25, to which Nazri had sarcastically remarked that he was willing to roll out the red carpet for the former premier.

Earlier today, Nazri told Malaysiakini that he accepted Mahathir’s challenge on an unconditional basis, except with regard to the date.

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