A forum led by Malaysia's ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, who is seeking to oust the government, descended into violence on Sunday, August 13, as participants threw shoes and chairs and set off flares.
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.
The town hall meeting was aimed at highlighting a major financial scandal that has ensnared Prime Minister Najib Razak, and which has spurred Mahathir, 92, into coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protege.
"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.
The New Straits Times reporters who were there saw several members of the audience, including those wearing Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Armada youth wing's t-shirts, assaulted at the parking area.
Opposition lawmaker Azmin Ali said: "Najib is using gangsterism to shut Mahathir's mouth".
Mahathir, who was premier from 1981 to 2003, has excoriated Najib over allegations billions were looted from state investment fund 1MDB in an audacious campaign of fraud and money-laundering.
Mahathir came out of retirement to set up Bersatu previous year and was recently appointed chairman of a fractured opposition coalition.
Najib denied taking money from 1MDB after it was reported that investigators traced almost $700 million to his bank accounts.
Dr. Mahathir however did not get the chance to answer the question when provocation started as he was about to speak.
In fact, Tun Mahathir has set aside his past with Anwar.
In its latest court filing on Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department said it was conducting a criminal investigation of 1MDB and asked for a stay on civil lawsuits it had filed to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from the fund.