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Dr M urged to visit Memali and bring closure to incident

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas has urged Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to visit the families of those affected by the deadly Memali incident, the source of violence that took place at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum in Shah Alam on Sunday.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan hoped the gesture would bring proper closure to the incident, which took place in 1985, during Dr Mahathir's tenure as prime minister.
"Following the Memali issue that was raised by one of the (forum's) audience members, Pas feels that the people linked to the unfortunate tragedy should take a more humane approach towards the families of those involved," he said in a statement today.
Takiyuddin also said he hoped such an approach would bring an end to the feelings of vengeance, prejudice, suspicion and egotism surrounding the incident in which 18 people, including four police officers, were killed.
"We should make efforts to help everyone who is need of material and moral support."
On Sunday, a question on the Memali incident sparked off the riot at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum, which saw several people hurt when a group of people threw a flare, slippers and chairs.
The commotion began shortly after a member of the audience asked Dr Mahathir on the Memali incident.
Midway through the former prime minister's reply, someone in the audience stood up and threw a shoe at him. This was immediately followed by others who started throwing water bottles, slippers and chairs towards the main stage, where Dr Mahathir and event moderator Azhar Harun were seated.
Takiyuddin said following the riot, Malaysians should avoid exacerbating problems that could be resolved peacefully.
"Pas takes this matter seriously... We feel that such an incident should not have taken place as this is not our culture," said Takiyuddin.
He also pinned the blame on the event's organisers, saying they should have taken steps to avoid provocative and escalatory behaviour.
"The organisers should have controlled the situation and the panelists (Dr Mahathir and Azhar) should have avoided making comments that could drawn negative reactions," he said, adding that the audience also should have remained polite and respected differences in opinion.

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