Dr M backs Ku Li's call for EGM. "I fully support his letter," Mahathir told a press conference after the book launch. When asked if he'd back the Kelantan prince's move to challenge Abdullah for the Umno presidency, the Tun said that is something the EGM can decide.
[Muhyiddin's also fine with Ku Li's EGM move, according to NST on-line]
Other matters that the EGM can discuss, says Dr M:
1/ Amend the Umno Constitution
2/ Set up a Presidential Advisory Council. The advisers are independent individuals who are professionals, brave souls and Umno members
3/ Limit the term for presidency (this was a suggestion by one of the mainstream reporters, actually)
Brave divisions. Back to Ku Li's offer to challenge Abdullah, Dr Mahathir said it won't be easy to meet the requirement that a challenger must get nominations from at least 30 per cent of the Umno divisions. "You need about 60 brave divisions. Umno leaders live in a climate of fear. When I came out and asked the President to step down for the poor General Election result, not one Umno leader came out to support me. Privately and behind his back, they want him to step down."
On his friend's book, Dr M said the late Basir was a "great character" and was responsible for bringing the F1 to Malaysia. "People thought it was me. Actually, it was him. Lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama."
3pm launch. Tun Dr Mahathir will be doing the launch. The two went back a long way. I had a small part in the making of the book. It's an eye-opener.
Ear-opener is what Dr M might have to say about Ku Li's offer to challenge Pak Lah for the Umno presidency.
Especially in view of what the spanking new Umno sec-gen has told Ku Li: "Don't create trouble".