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So the quitting landslide or avalanche has started. Merbok members have started the ball rolling. Where this is going to lead to is anybody’s guess. One thing intrigues me is that whether Merbok members had made any earlier decision that Badawi must go and whether this decision had been made known publicly. If no such decision has been made earlier the members are allowing their emotions to rule their decision rather than facts. This type of mob rule decisions is not good for UMNO and perhaps in time to come these dissidents may regret their decision. Mahathir cannot help them anymore and I hope they are aware of this.

My last post refers to decisions made at the spur of the moment, and if true, Mahathir made a mistake. Badawi still holds the cards, and he may have other ideas to overcome the problem. The problems of UMNO does not really reflect on issues, but personalities are involved and everyone wants to be a victor. But which party member is worried about a political party, it is the personal interests that takes centre stage.

Badawi has got to think fast and act, failing which saving UMNO will be a farce.

ALOR STAR: Some 300 members of the Jalan Badlishah Umno branch in Merbok are quitting en masse in solidarity with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision to leave the party.

Branch chairman Mej (Rtd) Anuar Abdul Hamid said members in the Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings were also quitting.

Some 100 members of the branch had attended the event when Dr Mahathir suddenly announced his resignation yesterday and they were apparently so moved by his decision that they convinced the other branch members to follow suit.

“We will remain partyless until after Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi steps down. We are not joining any other party,” Anuar said.

He said they are quitting because they love the party and want to ensure its survival for the sake of future generations.

Several branch leaders from Kubang Pasu said they were planning to boycott the coming annual general meeting.

Former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid said he had quit Umno “long ago”.

Jitra branch chief Norsaid Yusuf said Dr Mahathir’s decision was shocking.

“I hope he will reconsider his decision,” he said. Dr Mahathir is a member of the Jitra Umno branch.

In Penang, former party supreme council member Tan Sri Khalid Abdullah, a staunch Dr Mahathir ally, also said he would quit the party, adding that three division leaders in Kedah would follow suit.

Khalid, 83, said: ”We all love the party but this is the only way for us to pressure him (Abdullah) to step down.”

300 Merbok branch members take the cue from Dr Mahathir

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