Dr M-Nazri debate cancelled due to 'credible' threat: Selangor police

Kalbana Perimbanayagam

SHAH ALAM: Police have decided to cancel the debate between Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after receiving information of a "credible" threat to public safety.

Selangor deputy police chief Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said after considering the safety aspects surrounding the debate and other possibilities, they decided not to approve the permit to hold the event as requested by the organisers.

"Yesterday, we have informed the organisers of the matter and today an official disapproval chit has been issued to them," he said in a press conference today.

It was reported that police had given their approval for the debate, scheduled for April 7, to be held at Karangkraf's headquarters in Shah Alam.

Fuad said police have "credible" reasons to believe that there were certain quarters planning to cause trouble if the debate was allowed to proceed as planned.

He added that police have also received 18 police reports from residents in nearby areas expressing their disagreement to the debate.

"Residents in the area were afraid that if the debate was allowed to go on, it may effect public order and safety," he said.

Fuad, however, did not rule out the possibility that the organisers might decide to hold the debate to another date or venue and reapply a new permit for it.