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Was the decision made at the spur of the moment or was it an earlier planned decision. From what happened here, Mahathir called for all UMNO members to resign, and when challenged by Ismail, whether Mahathir would do the same, Mahathir agreed to the challenge and resigned. If this is so, I see a desperate attempt by Mahathir to force the hand of Badawi, without worrying about the consequences that may be suffered by UMNO. Where is his love for UMNO. Is it all just a outward show.

ALOR STAR: The man who challenged Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to quit Umno is actually PAS member Ismail Wan Teh.

Ismail was wearing a non-governmental organisation’s hat when he asked Dr Mahathir if he would be willing to quit Umno as a sign of protest against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership.

Ismail, the Kedah Citizens’ Action Group deputy chairman, asked the question based on Dr Mahathir’s call to Umno members to resign en masse as a show of no-confidence in Abdullah.

Ismail asked if Dr Mahathir were willing to quit, as it would have a major impact on Umno.

Dr Mahathir who was probably not aware that Ismail was a PAS member, said it sounded like a challenge.

“I will leave Umno until Abdullah’s leadership is ended,” he said.

Dr Mahathir, who is Umno member number 000 0001, told a press conference later that he would rejoin Umno after Abdullah had stepped down.

Ismail contested and lost the Kota Siputeh state seat in Jerlun in the recent general election.

PAS man lit the ‘resignation’ fuse



  1. He resigned because he is desperate to re-gain power or have his cronies re-gain power. He is under criminal investigation, he is probably going to be charged for all peddling influnce and corruption. All kinds of dirt will probably surface if he goes on trial…he has to stop this now or he is finished. Therefore he is going all out to re-gain control of the government aparatus or at least have someone friendly in power. What does UMNO matter to Mahathir? Only as a tool for his survival. Only fools will follow someone like him now.

  2. Well said Trigo.

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