Dr M, BN men have every right to meet up, Nur Jazlan says

File picture shows (from left) former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah giving a news conference in Putrajaya, October 12, 2015. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Deputy minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed dismissed today yesterday’s meeting between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several other top Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, saying it was well within their rights to meet one another.

Nur Jazlan, who was speaking at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) here, added that Dr Mahathir also has the right to express his opinions.

“That is their right to gather, that is his right to voice out,” Nur Jazlan said that when asked to comment on the rare gathering.

“I will leave it to the people to evaluate their actions.”

Dr Mahathir held a news conference yesterday along with senior Umno leaders Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

During the meeting, the BN leaders discussed various political issues such as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s alleged involvement in it, before holding a press conference where they criticised the administration.

One of the issues raised by the leaders was Putrajaya’s use of Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 against 1MDB critic, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang.

They claimed that the arrest, detention and subsequent charges against the two is a clear sign of disrespect for the rule of law.

Dr Mahathir has become one of Najib’s most vocal critics and has been repeatedly calling for the latter’s resignation.