Mahathir quits Umno: What’s next – Umno Baru Baru?


So the man who established Umno Baru in 1988 quits the party he founded in a huff.

Now this comes just a few days after he and a string of his cronies were accused of involvement in the fixing of appointments of judges.

Over the last few months, Mahathir has watched from the sidelines as his house of cards, built over 22 years, came tumbling down. All that waste and corruption and cronyism and superficial nation building during his administration finally came home to roost. The last straw was probably the release of the findings of the royal commission report on the Lingam Tape.

When I sent the news to a friend that Mahathir was leaving Umno, I received the following message in response: “And form Umno Baru Baru?”

Another friend joked, in a text message: “He is joining PKR :-)”

Later he sent another message: “You know Umno is in trouble when the r__s start abandoning ship.”

The sandiwara continues – but I can only see Pakatan Rakyat growing stronger as Umno founders like the Titanic after hitting an iceberg, sinking inch by inch. The diehard band (on the Fourth Floor?) plays on but the passengers are scurrying helter skelter to abandon ship. But are there enough life-boats to go around?

Is this the beginning of the end for Umno? What will Mukhriz do now? Is Najib all alone now? Will Razaleigh make his move now? I can only imagine the factionalism deepening ahead of the party polls at the end of December.

But can we discount the Mahathir camp altogether? Surely he has a trick or two up his sleeve. Can we just expect him to remain a passive observer in the months leading to the Umno polls? His move could be aimed at heightening the sense of crisis within Umno, thereby making it easier for Abdullah Badawi’s rivals to launch a challenge for the top post. And if the rival aligned to Mahathir triumphs in the party election, would the Mahathir camp return to Umno as Mahathir himself has suggested they would once Abdullah is ousted?

It ain’t over till it’s over.

Meanwhile, what kind of impact will this have on the Sabah MPs who are already making their presence felt and making all kinds of veiled demands?

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Joe Tan

with TDM playing the racial card, and now with this desparate act of resigning from UMNO, TDM is surely upping the ante and resorting to desparate moves. this is not good for the peace and stability of the country. We can only pray that all Malays remain calm and not be provoked and obey the laws.. Now is the time for prayers…..


New party – UMNO the next next generation.


Should shut up and sit down. He has had his day. Let other people do the job. He has screwed the whole thing!


As you say, “it ain’t over until it’s over”.

Don’t get swayed so easily by what is announced. How do we really know he has really resigned?? Did anyone see his resignation paper? Has it been accepted? Or, will it be rejected due to technicalities? Remember how easily he changed UMNO Baru back to UMNO after it was deregistered.


Either Umno / TDM like it or not, Law of Karma is taking effect now.

Those Umnoputras & TDM who committed sins, should just confess. This is the last good deed that you guys can do.

raj raman666

Borrow a bit you space mr.anil,

i dont know you are the joker sometimes.we do cross part many times but never seems to keep in touch.maybe my email never reach u.(as i said b4 email and IT is nomad for me unless userfriendly like anil,haris,sloone and arvidi.

and i do read some of your letters and blogs in malaysiakini.very are getting notice.



Maybe all three Ghosts of Hari Raya i.e. past , present and future had paid the old man a visit just before the panel released their findings .

Tammy Tan

This recalcitrant old man is acting up again. He is like a spoilt brat that reacts after not getting his own ways. At 82 what more does he wants? He should fade with dignity and honour into history. There are many things the Raykat would want to know. Perhaps its time to (declare his assets at home and abroad). There are a lot of things we would like to know in his 22 years of vice-like grip in this country where he had a free reign in everything-from the judiciary and using EPF and Petronas funds as if it were… Read more »


Another surprise which is not so surprise from him. Another drama just like he used when announced his resignation.

Why is he so desperate to see AAB to resign quickly? Something is fishy here. Or is he trying to divert the people attention from he and Linggam case?


Malaysiakini reported today that former PM Mahathir has quit Umno. It also reported that former Kedah MB and former Agriculture Minister Sanusi Junid has also quit. It appears to me that Mahathir is trying to use Kurt Lewins philosophy of change management by asking Umno members to leave Umno now but rejoin it after Badawi ‘has left the building’. This is akin to Lewins’ Freeze-Change-Unfreeze mechanism in Managing Change. The only problem here is that the Umno members by now wouldn’t want to gamble with their political careers but would be pretty enticing and justifiable for them to be Independent… Read more »


Maybe TDM wants everybody’s sympathys as he had been snubbed and the potential Lingam case which is actually…. so best he concentrate 100% with his bread shop called the loaf at the pavilion. One day he was there in the breadshop for quite a few hours, then krismuddin came and he bypassed him and on that evening jaguar had a function and he was not invited because AAB was the guest of honor. NS royalty was there so you can see what is he worth or how much people cared for him. Did he weigh himself to see what he… Read more »

Fed Up Cha Joe

All this change happening, since prior to elections.. ONLY 2 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE for all this topsy turvy within UMNO/Barisan – Raja Petra and DSAnwar Ibrahim.. These 2 names have got this mamak and all the UMNO Kutty’s (really worried).. Ha..Ha..Ha.. The time is nearing… Arrogance, sacarsam,blatant disregard – mamak thought he was great, but he forgot Karma – what goes around comes around.. It’s hitting him hard..Should’ve enjoyed his spoils with his a*** shut, but chose to blabber, now he’s about to reap what he sowed.. Detain him first, before he feigns illness, like heart problem (this moron has a… Read more »


“He is joining PKR :-)”

if he join PKR WITHOUT any express of regret or admit his wrongdoing, most of the members will go the opposite way or quit the party altogether.


It is a non event and should be treated as such. A muted response is the best solution. He wants attention. Don’t give it to him.


LOT OF BULLS, he is talking about malay future after PRU 12, the malay future is not under threat, in fact it is shifted to PAS and PKR. the reality is his son , Mukhiz ‘s future is under threat as they face down with their ultimate nemises ANWAR IBRAHIM. even utterance of anwar’s name, the father and son will leaping like m***** on chili padi. pak lah just an obstacle in the way,they want to plant a lap *** in UMNO for MUKHIZ’s future. the father will reregister back once the real threat (anwar) is off the list in… Read more »


So are we going to see the new revised edition of “The Malay Dilemma” by Mahathir Mohamad, soon?? A true racist to the bone who knows how to use the race and nationalist cards well to his gain. History has shown no mercy to such individuals. Time for him to reap what he sowed forty years ago.



umno baru

umno baru baru

umno *aru baru**..

ha ha ha ha ha haha


When the old UMNO was deregistered, Tunku and Tun Hussein did not join the UMNO Baru. In 1990 elections they were supporting Tengku Razaleigh and Semangat 46.


His quitting might have positive effects to those (good guys) who need to revive UMNO; he should take cognizance of this, at least for his boys’ sake. It might even stave off further deterioration in wealth retention. It’s not all about money but it’s got a lot to do with money.

What’s grim is, if he can’t have it, can anyone?

Surely! He must have taught a lot of people that, if he was explicit enough.

The old guy does forget.

William Eow

TDM urged all leaders to follow….how about his son Mukhriz.”Like father like son”?


Tunku and Tun Hussien left the UMNO mahathir created, because they had total disdain for what mahathir was doing. mahathir is now leaving the party he has created himself, because he could not get his way. He hopes others will follow his example. It would be good to see how much of a support he has in UMNO. AAB now has the opportunity to put mahathir to rest for good, at least in UMNO. mahathir’s arrogance knows no bound. This arrogance is a result of his bloated self-confidence in himself. He has convinced himself that he can do no wrong… Read more »


well, if that’s the best for UMNO, so be it…We must also admit Pak Lah is not doing a good job…Everyone knows that but nobody dares to speak up boldly and do the nececessary action. No one seems capable of telling Pak Lah whatever he is doing is effecting the nation of malaysia negatively…At least Tun Mahathir is bold and man enough to speaks his mind, come what may…Many will follow TDM…Believe it…

Mike Chen

It will be UMNO Tulen

Let the Hockien Lang pronounce it. 🙂


Let him join MIC, Sammy Vellu. I think that will be fine. Shahrir says we may go for a new election, I can tell you Pakatan will sweep, may be apart from UMNO museum, Johor. But this time round, PR under Anwar who is eligable to stand will carry the day with 2/3 majority. Mark my words.

Juan Taman

Why can’t TDM just retire gracefully like all his predecessors.He could have gained more respect from the rakyat by doing so. His resignation may now be better for Pak Lah.who can pick his own team to reform UMNO. People in Sabah and Sarawak should rally behind Pak Lah giving him a chance to change and strengthen UMNO. TDM’s recent racial tone has greatly disappointed a lot of Malaysians despite what he has done to modernize Malaysia. Pak Lah on the other hand is a real Malay gentleman. Has he ever said any harsh word against TDM!? During his last term… Read more »