SUNGAI BESAR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) claimed that there were attempts by the authorities to keep him from speaking in public with the latest being an order to a TV station to cancel a comedy show featuring him.
The former prime minister, who campaigned for the Opposition for a second time on Thursday, said even the Immigration Department had warned him that his passport could be revoked.
â€œWhenever I wanted to go overseas to meet the foreign press, I was warned not to say anything against the Najib leadership.
â€œWhen I came back, I was told that my passport could be revoked for three years and the Immigration Department said they had the authority to do so,â€ Dr Mahathir told the crowd at Kampung Tali Air 8 in Sekinchan.
Dr Mahathir said that a comedy show, â€œObviously Harith Iskandar,â€ which he was supposed to appear in was â€œordered to be cancelled.â€
He said the show, aired on Saturdays, had nothing to do with politics as â€œthey would only talk of things that are â€œmenggelikan hatiâ€ (funny).â€
He said Harith, the host of the show, is not a politician.
â€œHe is a comedian. We were not going to touch on politics. We were going to just talk on anything that tickles us. That was the purpose of the show,â€ he said.
It is learnt that the episode, to be aired on Astro Awani, would be replaced with a football programme in conjunction with Euro 2016.
The previous episode featured former cabinet minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.