Dr Mahathir confirms being in KL on day of Memali incident in 1985

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 Apr 2014

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed that he was in the country on the day of the Memali incident Nov 19, 1985.

However, the former prime minister denied claims by his then deputy, Tun Musa Hitam, that he (Musa) had asked him to postpone his visit to China scheduled the day after the incident.

In a statement last week, Musa said he had asked Dr Mahathir to put off his China trip and cited three reasons: the incident had taken place in the prime minister’s home state of Kedah; it had involved Malay Muslims; and the postponement would convey the perception that the head of the country’s government’s concern and priority for a domestic crisis.

The day before Dr Mahathir’s trip to China, the police and residents in Memali clashed resulting in the death of several policemen and civilians, including local PAS leader Ibrahim Mahmud — also known as Ibrahim Libya.