He has tendered his letter of resignation over the use of the ISA.
It looks as if he has heeded the calls of many Malaysians urging him to quit.
“He is a very principled man, one of the better Umno men,” said Aliran member Toh Kin Woon in an immediate reaction.
“I have tremendous respect for him for his decision to quit on a matter of principle,” said Kin Woon, who himself recently quit Gerakan. “It’s very rare to have a person like him who can resist the lure of high office to stand firm on his own beliefs and prinicples.”
“Zaid Ibrahim’s action is exemplary and is a model for others to emulate.”
Meanwhile, a three-person Pakatan delegation is reportedly going to the Prime Minister’s office this afternoon to submit a letter requesting an appointment with the Prime Minister. Anwar had said on Saturday that he would be seeking an urgent appointment with the Prime Minister to discuss current developments.
In another development, Najib’s proposal to let Umno members decide who their leaders are has won support from certain Johor Umno leaders and the Former People’s Representatives Council Malaysia (Mubarak). The alignments are becoming clearer. In his blog entry of 8 September, Khir Toyo expresses admiration for Mahathir and Najib while comparing Abdullah’s weak position to the Tunku’s in 1969. Khir Toyo, whose allegations against Teresa Kok eventually led to her detention, wants the transfer of power expedited.
Abdullah’s transition plan appears to be unravelling by the day. But on his side, the Federal Territories Minister has come out to say that members should stick to the transition plan. Rafidah Aziz is upset with Muhyiddin’s comments. And so is Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan.