Let’s put this in perspective. If you are speaking and uniformed police comes to the stage and switch off your microphone, what does it imply?
Make no mistake about it, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not the most likeable person at the moment but he has a legacy even as an elderly statesman.
When do you see such instances occurring? In most cases, ceramahs by opposition politicians or even those who are holding what is called ‘illegal assemblies’. So, when Dr Mahathir’s speech in ‘Nothing2Hide’ was cut short after about 10 minutes by policemen who switched off his microphone and asking him to leave the stage, it looks as if the tables have turned.
Seriously, it was a humiliating move.
If the ‘Nothing2Hide’ forum was cancel because of ‘safety and security reasons’, shouldn’t the doors be closed and the police telling the people to disperse? But NO! That did not happen. The crowd was still there and when they heard that the prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would not be attending, they thought it would be good to hear Dr Mahathir speak.
But then, the authorities felt that the people would not need to hear the former premier to speak about issues that are plaguing the nation probably because they viewed him as a threat, or something like that.
The irony is that Dr M was once the Home Minister who is in charge of the police force during his time in office.
People might not like him now but it would be good to hear him out at least.