(File pix) Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had said that his debate with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is open only to members of the Opposition parties. NSTP Pix.

IPOH: As excitement builds up in the days leading to his public debate with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had said that the discourse is open only to members of the Opposition parties.

“I do not encourage for Umno and government supporters to come and listen to the discourse as they are well aware of what I am going to say.

“It is a discourse, not a demonstration, so there would be no issue of violating the Peaceful Assembly Act and it would still be held at the Sultan Azlan Shah MRSM in Kuala Kangsar,” he said at a press conference after his visit to the Battle of Kampar of site here.

According to the Padang Rengas MP, he had instructed the Padang Rengas’ Umno secretary to assist the organiser, Sinar Harian, to obtain a permit.

Earlier today, police have said that they have yet to receive any permit application for the public debate which will supposedly take place on March 25 at the Sultan Azlan Shah MRSM.

As for the debate itself, Nazri added that he would not require any preparation and the questions would not be limited to certain topics.

“'I will answer the questions based on facts and I am not hiding any of the truths,” he said.

In response to accusations by certain quarters that the way he has been responding to Dr Mahathir’s questions as “rough”, he said it was based on how the questions and allegations were thrown at him by the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman.

Nazri said he would still respect Dr Mahathir as his former boss.

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