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This is Anil Netto’s posting on Ku Li or Tengku Razaleigh addressing a crowd of 1000 people in a hotel at Alor Star.

Something does not add up. Mahathir is drawing away his supporters from UMNO by resigning, to show his anger with Badawi. If everybody feels inclined to follow Mahathir’s half baked idea, where would the supporters come from to vote Razaleigh in. Think about it. Apparently the thoughts of Mahathir and Razaleigh are not synchronised.

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 that 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 over 2,000, that he is quitting Umno.

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

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