Ku Li tells 1,000-strong crowd he is going for top post after Mahathir quits Umno

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5.30pm – Ku Li has addressed a crowd of over 1,000 people at the ballroom of another hotel in Alor Star. Commenting on Dr Mahathir’s shock decision to quit, he said that the former premier had wanted to send a strong message to Umno.

Tengku Razeleigh also said he would be challenging for the top post in the party. He added that the quota system for nominations should be abolished. And he stressed that a more democratic culture is needed in Umno.

One political analyst at the scene told me he now believes that Mahathir will be backing Razaleigh in the latter’s bid for the top post.

Ironically, it was Mahathir who introduced the nomination quota system to ward off further challenges from Razaleigh after he narrowly squeezed through in the 1987 Umno election.

2.28pm – Tengku Razaleigh is expected to address a gathering in Alor Star this afternoon. It comes hot on the heels of Mahathir’s shock announcement here earlier today, in front of a crowd of around 2,000, that he is quitting Umno.

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novice101

mahathir is trying to fan the issue so that he can get all the publicity. We, who are not in UMNO should not help him to fan the flame. From now on we should be more restrain in our response and reaction to what he says and does.

Don’t help him, don’t fall into his trap. Just stand aside and watch!

raj raman666

This old man going to create havoc if he suceed,its will be another round operasi lalang,judgement for sale and whats worries most another may 13. he playing hard the racial card and do get support from some like khir toyo and his son mukriz openly telling us ‘MAY 13 IS BLESSING’. AFTER 50 YEARS WE THE MALAYSIAN STILL THE SLAVE FOR UMNOPUTRA IF ITS HAPPEN. My hope now the normal malays dont take the bites,its they took the bite,Malaysia this time out for long (period of turbulence). Its whats Mahathir wants and he did it during tunku times. This time… Read more »

donplaypuks

Firaun will never back the man who plotted to bring him down. And, there wil be no peace. Firaun’s intention is to ‘Expunge’ the RCI findings and APaul cannot assist him this time around. Ther’s too much at stake as one thing might lead to another and there might be a new RCI into Firaun and his family wealth. So, you’ll see UMNO Millenium Baru formed with him as Chairman and Muk as Numero Unero CEO. Botox Lips, M2M and all the rejects and misfits will rush in where angels fear to tread. The end will not come quickly. It… Read more »

Muslim

As for Ku Li dont make yourself like a fool, remember Matahir has made you his “kuli” onetime.People of Malaysia have very high respect for, so please dont join hand with this desperate man.”ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY”

Muslim

This man Mahatir with a never ending sandiwara, not only that he resign, he wanted all the UMNO member follow suit.
Then he will tell the whole world that he is the most powerful UMNO leader.
Abddullah should take his challange to charge him in court.
His family is very desperate now, seeing that the DOOR TO SUNGAI BULOH IS OPEN FOR HIM. I hope this will be his last wish before he die get the taste of ISA for himself.

Libra

The eventual winner of UMNO presidency will probably end up the Opposition Leader in Parliament. So what the great deal? The battle for UMNO’s top post will be a non-event in December.

jim

if seditious act is applied, 1 million malaysians will go to jail including former p ministers

Dr. Hamid Ibrahim

Dear Anil: We all know Mahathir. But he cannot run away from the law which will chase him until his last day. He is already 83 and he just had another heart surgery. I do not know how he gets his strength and energy. HE IS A GREAT ACTOR – better than Charlie Chaplin. You remember how he cried in Parliament and a few UMNO MPs ran to him thinking that he is going to collapse! xxx You must read yesterday’s NST where Karpal Singh has said: “Veteran lawyer Karpal Singh called on former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad… Read more »

Andrew

I often wonder whether Star Wars is a fictional account of our political scenario, albeit written years ago. Doesn’t Kuli remind you of Yoda, but on the wrong side of the force?

Jason

Finally he came out from UMNO.It really open doors to Ku Li and Anwar. A different set of politics game will be played from now onwards.

novice101

Just stand aside and watch the show unfolding. See the endless shadow play of the directionless characters. mahathir is laughing in his heart at the gutless, spineless AAB. When they meet in Japan he will be wearing the despicable smile. After the meeting he will be pouring scorn at malleable AAB. Did any earth shaterring event occur after he resigned? It is already 2 days – it must disappoint him to no end. He thought there will be an exodus, so the majority of the people is right, mahathirism is dead. He knew that he and AAB will be going… Read more »

everboleh

perhaps this is good for the country and peace shall now prevail with dr m resignation…..maybe not as we know he is a mamak will be very revengeful…….time to use ISA on him

jeffrey chew

It’s time for a change. I think no one is indispensable. Hence, with or without UMNO, I think this is the wayang kulit. Maybe it’s time for Anwar to court Badawi…