Monday, May 19, 2008

Mahathir quits UMNO

The hottest news in town:

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced Monday at 12.35pm that he is quitting Umno, citing a lack of confidence in the current leadership.

Well, I was expecting something drastic like that from Tun, after all his bitter relationship with the current Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi needs no introduction.

However, I don't know how genuine is Tun quitting the party he actually recreated:

Dr Mahathir urged other party members to quit too, as a way of pressuring Abdullah into vacating his post.

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.

Politicians never fail to amuse me..

**updates in The Star and Malaysiakini.


walski69 said...

Yup... it's a real-life amusing chess game, alright. Hey, these days, we need all the amusement we can get, right?

Even from the unlikeliest of sources...

zewt said...

this is shocking indeed.... but i think it's a good move. better leave before the titanic sink.

v I v E k said...

Membership number '01' is currently empty after Mahathir left. Who is going to fill that in???

Just curious, lets say badawi steps down and mahathir also re-enter UMNO, will he get back the 01 membership number or re-registered as a new member???

Saravanan said...

Do you think that this is a High Level Political Stunt?

Jeevan said...

the change is unexpected in politics.

Hor ny Ang Moh said...

It will be nice if the gov say tomorrow 'fuel price will drop by 50cts!' Now that will be new to me!
BTW tq very much for dropping on my site!
Have a very nice day!

tulipspeaks said...

@ walski69

i wonder where all these amusements are taking us...

@ zewt

r u shocked? hmm.. for some reason i am not. based on the level of criticism TDM threw on UMNO, i know it was just a matter of time before he gives up.


tulipspeaks said...

@ vivek

it will remain empty. AAB won't step down, unless he is thrown out in the next UMNO election. i think TDM will always be #1 member.

@ saravanan

i don't know.. but TDM is a stuntman, that we know. :P


tulipspeaks said...

@ jeevan

nah.. it was expected by some..

@ ang moh

hehehe.. dude, tht will nvr gonna happen though it sounds tempting..