The event was widely publicized and anticipation reached fever pitch but it was not to be. What ensued was to become a big embarrassment.
The name of the forum was ‘Nothing to Hide’ and it was supposed to be the platform for prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to give his tell-all over the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad)’s issue. The place for the forum was at Umno headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre.
Sometime before the kick-off, it was reported that Najib will not be attending the forum after all. However, former prime minister and Najib’s harshest critic was there. It was supposed to be a forum that will have Najib and Dr Mahathir in the same venue but that was not to be.
According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, the dialogue should be cancel as it could threaten ‘public order and national harmony’.
This could probably be the first time in years that events involving only BN politicians had to be called off due to pubic order.
So, with Najib not attending, Dr M proceeding to give his speech. After about 10 minutes, police went on stage and ordered Dr Mahathir to stop. They turned of the microphone and the video after he said that he was invited and thought he was allowed to speak.
Critics were fast to hit out at Najib while some have started calling names. But whatever it is, there should be a better way of handling this. If it was security concerns, Najib could have used Skype or any sort of conferencing. And then, there was the part of police asking Dr M to leave the stage. That would have been something really new for him.