Mahathir quits UMNO

A hot news surface today at noon, Malaysian time. Today is a public holiday but Malaysians are “rock” with this news from Alor Star. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced this on Monday at 12.35pm, citing a lack of confidence in the current leadership.

“I am quitting Umno today,” he told about 1,000 people, mostly Kedah Umno members, at a talk here on Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether the 82-year old Mahathir, who led UMNO for 22 years, would form a splinter party to fight UMNO, but analysts said the move was aimed at jolting the party to act against Abdullah and to preserve Mahathir’s legacy.

“There has been too much talk and no action by those who are anti-Abdullah,” said former deputy premier Musa Hitam. “So Mahathir has to take the first step. Many will follow soon.”

However, he advised those who do quit not to join any opposition party, adding they can all rejoin the party once there is a change in leadership.

How will he ensure about this? This is the scenario that will closely monitor by political analysts in Malaysia and worldwide.

The PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has so far refused all calls for him to step down, and said he would defend his presidency in the party polls in December. This is the main reason why Tun is making this announcement today.

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