Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz has refused to entertain former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “burning” questions on 1MDB, which the latter had posted online.
The Umno lawmaker said he would only address the issues raised if the two meet face-to-face in a public debate as planned.
“If there is a debate I will answer him, if there is no debate what is the point. I have no time for him,” Nazri told Malaysiakini.
He was responding to Mahathir’s blog posting earlier today, where the former premier outlined the questions he had planned to ask Nazri during their now cancelled debate.
Among others, Mahathir had questioned why other countries were taking action against 1MDB, but nothing was done in Malaysia.
Nazri and Mahathir were supposed to face off in a public debate, but the police pulled the plug twice citing security concerns.
The first was to take place at the Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, on March 25 while the second was to be held at the Karangkraf building in Shah Alam on April 7.
The police’s stand on the debate had irked Nazri, who in a sarcastic swipe suggested that the debate he held at the police auditorium in Cheras, or even in Antarctica, where the penguins would not pose a security risk.
He also denied speculation that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wanted the debate called off, claiming that the latter had actually thanked him for being willing to take on Mahathir.
Meanwhile, Nazri told Malaysiakini that he has not closed the door on the prospect of having a debate with Mahathir.
However, he insisted that it should be a public debate as opposed to one held behind closed doors.
“Just make sure the debate is on, I will follow him,” said the Umno supreme council member.