Violence breaks out at former Malaysian PM Mahathir's forum

Violence breaks out at former Malaysian PM Mahathir's forum

Shoes, water bottles and chairs were flung at the stage before two flares were ignited, filling the hall with smoke and turning it bright pink.

Two men were held by the police after a riot erupted during the Nothing to Hide 2.0 gathering here which featured Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"We haven't decided what to charge them with yet, because no one has yet to lodge a police report", Shafien said, adding that no serious injuries were reported in the incident.

PPBM youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, addressing the media later, said they were confident that the chaos was premeditated and called for the police to take stern action against the assailants, including those from his own party if they had resorted to violence.

Opposition lawmaker Azmin Ali said: "Najib is using gangsterism to shut Mahathir's mouth".

The former prime minister was not hit by the slipper or injured in the incident. "This is a cowardly act".

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Mahathir has been spearheading calls for Najib to resign over a multibillion-dollar financial scandal in indebted state fund 1MDB, which is being investigated in several countries for money laundering.

Mahathir came out of retirement to set up Bersatu a year ago and was recently appointed chairman of a fractured opposition coalition.

Najib, whose United Malays National Organization has been in power at the head of a coalition since independence in 1957, and 1MDB deny wrongdoing.

When Mahathir was responding to a question about the Memali tragedy, slippers were was hurled in his direction. It last month announced a new leadership lineup, with Mahathir as chairman and his former rival Anwar Ibrahim - who is in jail - as overall leader.

Malaysia's government has said it found no criminal wrongdoing at 1MDB. Najib started the fund shortly after taking office in 2009 to promote economic development projects, but it accumulated billions of dollars in debt.

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