Town hall by former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad marred by violence

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum featuring a no-holds barred session with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad had to be suspended after several people created a ruckus by throwing objects at the stage.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad giving a speech during the Nothing 2 Hide 2.0 Forum at Raja Muda Musa Hall Shah Alam August 13, 2017. Forum organizer Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said several people were injured but couldn't give details on the exact number or their condition.

Police said three people, ranging in age from 17 to 19, were detained.

Syed Saddiq slammed the disruption as "sabotage", saying officials from Mahathir's Bersatu party had earlier noticed a group of youths wearing T-shirts with fake logos of Bersatu's youth wing.

Senior opposition figure Azmin Ali accused Najib of "using gangsterism to silence Mahathir. This is a cowardly act".

There was no immediate comment from the government.

Violence broke out at a forum attended by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed on Sunday, a member of Mahathir's party said.

Mahathir, who was premier from 1981 to 2003, has excoriated Najib over allegations billions were looted from state investment fund 1MDB in an audacious campaign of fraud and money-laundering.

Dr. Mahathir however did not get the chance to answer the question when provocation started as he was about to speak.

Mahathir said the four-party coalition he heads has set aside differences to focus on ousting Najib.

In its latest court filing on Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department said it was conducting a criminal investigation of 1MDB and asked for a stay on civil lawsuits it had filed to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from the fund. But the fund has been at the centre of investigations in the USA and other countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.

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