Jul 28, 2006

Tun Mahathir Attacked

Latest Updates (1.29 pm, Malaysian Time)

  • Updates from TheStar and Bernama are available

  • It's reported by Malaysia Today that Tun Mahathir has recovered and will go on with his scheduled talk at 3.30pm.

    ** Catch the LIVE streaming of Tun Mahathir's talk that is scheduled to commence at 3.30pm Malaysian Time. Click here for the LIVE streaming.

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    It's reported that Tun is being treated at a hospital at Kota Bahru.

    No updates yet at TheStar, Bernama, or NST.

    Excerpt from Malaysia Today

    The server hosting the LIVE STREAMING of Tun Dr Mahathir's speech from Kota Bharu which was hacked earlier has been restored while the Internet line at Perdana Hotel which was also down is up and running again. We hope to Stream LIVE as scheduled.

    Excerpt from MalaysiaKini

    newsflash There was commotion at the Kota Bahru airport soon after Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived at 10.50am to begin a two-day visit to PAS-controlled Kelantan.

    About 1,000 people were present to welcome the former premier. As soon as he emerged from the VIP lounge, several men in jackets escorted him as he made his way into a waiting Mitsubishi Pajero, said to be arranged by former Umno strongman in Kelantan Ibrahim Ali.

    The commotion started as this point as the crowd jostled to catch a glimpse of Mahathir. In the ensuing moments, Ibrahim Ali was sprayed on the face with mace by one of the men in jackets, believed to be from the police special operations force.

    Mahathir, who was already seated in the Pajero, was then forced out of the vehicle by a few men in plainclothes. He was then whisked away in a car bearing plate number 'DS 666'.

    Later, Ibrahim told reporters at the scene that it was an 'act of sabotage'. He also claimed that Mahathir was also sprayed with mace.

    Excerpt from TheStar (AP)
    Malaysia's former PM Dr Mahathir attacked with pepper spray

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - An unidentified assailant attacked former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with pepper spray Friday in a northeast Malaysian city, witnesses and an aide said.

    Mahathir had just arrived at the airport in Kota Bahru, the capital of Kelantan state, surrounded by about 1,000 cheering supporters, when an unidentified assailant fired pepper spray from a can at him, said a witness, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Mahathir, 81, staggered and choked from the acrid spray, and was immediately whisked away by his guards in a car, the witness said.

    "It was a pepper spray attack. It choked him and he could not breath very well,'' said an aide, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

    He said Mahathir was taken to his hotel but was not hospitalized. - AP

    Excerpt from BERNAMA
    Tun Mahathir's Speech At Airport Cancelled

    KOTA BAHARU, July 28 (Bernama) -- Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who arrived here this morning for a one-day visit to Kelantan was forced to cancel his speech to an awaiting crowd at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport when an unknown person sprayed tear gas into his face.

    He was seen coughing as he stood in a sun-roof four wheel-drive to begin his speech using a loudhailer at about 11 am.

    Meanwhile, State Police Chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said police had yet to identify the substance used in the tear gas and that no arrest had been made.

    Seeing that Dr Mahathir was coughing badly, a few of his assistants led him out of the four-wheel drive to another vehicle and left the airport.

    Dr Mahathir's special officer, Sufi Yusoff, when contacted said, Dr Mahathir's health was not affected by the incident and that the former prime minister would continue with the programme on his visit as scheduled.

    Among those present to greet Dr Mahathir at the airport were former Kelantan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Yaacob, former Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali and former New Straits Times Group Editor-in-Chief Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad.

    Dr Mahathir, who then attended a luncheon at a hotel, would attend a programme organised by former Umno elected representatives later in the day before giving a speech at a dinner hosted by the Kelantan People's Action Council led by Ibrahim.

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