Tengku Razaleigh to remain..

Extracted from Malaysiakini just for you all..

While Gua Musang member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was shocked over Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision to quit party, he will nevertheless not emulate his former political adversary’s move to leave.

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But former Umno vice-president Razaleigh, who is popularly known as just Ku Li, suggested that former premier and ex-party president Mahathir’s decision to quit could be “his last resort to wake up the sleeping Umno leaders and members to change the party leadership, system and political governance”.

tengku razaleigh forum 260408 ku li speakingThe Kelantan prince warned the present party leadership, led by president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, that Mahathir’s resignation could well trigger a spate of resignations of party leaders and members throughout the country.

“I am shocked as well as anybody. Perhaps he decided to quit to send an ultimatum to Umno leaders and members that the leadership has to change.

“His decision to quit the party showed he was upset and angry,” Razaleigh told journalists after speaking a forum organised by the Kedah Malays Solidarity Organisation in Alor Star today.

Mahathir sent shock waves to the country’s political circles this morning when he made his announcement to quit Umno a few hours ago in a nearby hotel in Alor Star.

Razaleigh, who lost narrowly to Mahathir in a bitter Umno presidential election in 1987, said that he would remain in the party to initiate changes.

“I will exhaust all ways and means to bring about the desired changes in the party.

“When and if I felt I had failed in my effort, then I would make up my mind on it (decision to quit or not),” he said.

Mahathir’s tragic, bold step

Razaleigh has previously expressed his willingness to challenge Abdullah for the presidency in the party’s December poll to “heal the party” in the aftermath of its worst ever general election performance.

Many, including Razaleigh and Mahathir, have blamed Abdullah for the bad performance in the March 8 polls.

When pressed on whether he would emulate Mahathir, he quipped: “I won’t quit Umno.”

Razaleigh suggested that Mahathir “may be fed up” with the Umno members’ apathy and lukewarm response to his calls to change the party leadership, starting with the ouster of Abdullah as Prime Minister and party president.

Former Umno MP for Padang Terap, Affifuddin Omar, who was also present at the same function, described Mahathir’s decision as “equally shocking and courageous.”

“He has taken a bold step to quit the party with a condition to return if Abdullah was to leave.

“That could or could not encourage many party members to follow suit,” he told Malaysiakini.

Describing it as ‘tragic’ to Umno, Kedah’s Pokok Sena Umno Division secretary Ramli Mohd Yunus however, argued that Mahathir had made a grave mistake by quitting the party in haste.

“He now had lost his locus standi to initiate leadership changes by quitting.

“If this was his war tactic, the former premier had made his enemies happy,” he said, while expressing his shock over Mahathir’s decision.

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PM shocked by Mahathir’s decision

Malaysiakini latest…6.01pm

Umno president and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was shocked with his predecessor’s decision to quit the party but will not meet him personally to ask him to reconsider that decision.

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Abdullah was also confident that there would not be a mass exodus of party members following Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lead.

He also vowed to continue fighting and lead the party.

Earlier today, in a a speech to about 1,200 people, Mahathir said his decision to leave Umno was prompted by his lack of confidence in Abdullah.

He also urged other Umno members and cabinet members to quit.

“I am quitting Umno today. I will only come back when there is a leadership change,” Mahathir said.

“We can return to Umno” when Abdullah steps down, he said in the speech in his home state of Kedah.

A Body Blow to UMNO.

Shahrir Samad, a cabinet minister and senior UMNO member, said Mahathir’s surprise move could trigger a flurry of resignations from the embattled party that could force Abdullah to hold fresh general elections..

Will it happen as we have anticipated? After all within UMNO circles a statement came out clearly “Within UMNO Abdullah Badawi has no control at all. He’s a bit like a horse that has lost its rider.”Mahathir leaving UMNO will trigger a lot of resignations especially the elder members of UMNO and this will cause not only a ripple effect but it in itself has done a lot of damage to the credibility of UMNO as a ruling party.

There will be a lot of speculations and rumours in the following days to come and we will follow the intrigues very closely. It doesn’t get any better than this…….?

Tun Dr.Mahathir Quits UMNO-(Breaking News)

12.15p.m. Received it through SMS and confirmed by 12.45 pm reports by Malaysiakini Read it here…Extracted from MalaysiaKini

Former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced that he was quitting Umno with immediate effect and urged other members to emulate him.

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mahathir and umno 190508He said he was quitting the party, which he led for almost 22 years until handing over the reins to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2003, as a sign of no confidence in his successor’s leadership.

“I will only come back to the party when there is a change in leadership,” the ex-premier told a crowd at a forum in his home state of Kedah this morning.

 

He also called on all Umno ministers, deputy ministers and all levels of party leaders to join him in quitting the party.

However, he asked these members not to join other political parties.

“Wait ’till Abdullah quit as the prime minister and party president and then we can return to Umno,” he said.

Mahathir dropped the bombshell during his speech at the ‘The Position of Malays post-12th General Elections’ in Alor Star.

His resignation appears to be part of his strategy in upping the ante in his bid to force Abdullah to step down in the wake of the ruling coalition’s worst setback in the March 8 polls.

Abdullah’s most vocal critic

Mahathir, 82, joined Umno at its inception in 1946 and in recent years has been Abdullah’s most vocal critic.

He entered active politics as a member of Parliament for Kedah’s Kota Star Selatan in 1964.

He lost the seat in the disastrous 1969 general elections, and was expelled from the party after attacking then president and prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Mahathir was invited back into the party by second prime minister, Abdul Razak, and re-elected to Parliament in 1974 for the seat of Kubang Pasu, also in Kedah. 

Soon after he was appointed education minister. Within four years he was deputy leader of the party, and in 1981, became prime minister.