Umno member No 0000001, pic taken from Apanama
update, 5.45pm: Sanusi Junid, the former MB of Kedah, has also resigned from Umno. He did it yesterday, even before Dr M said he was resigning!Vesak Day bombshell. Dr Mahathir Mohamad has quit the party he led for 22 years. The announcement, made about noon, caught even his closest aides by surprise.
Malaysiakini has the story:-
|Mahathir quits Umno|
|Ahti Veeranggan | May 19, 08 12:45pm|
Former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced that he was quitting Umno with immediate effect and urged other members to emulate him.
He said he was quitting the party, which he led for almost 22 years until handing over the reins to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2003, as a sign of no confidence in his successor's leadership.
"I will only come back to the party when there is a change in leadership," the ex-premier told a crowd at a forum in his home state of Kedah this morning.
He also called on all Umno ministers, deputy ministers and all levels of party leaders to join him in leaving the party.
He entered active politics as a member of Parliament for Kubang Pasu in 1964.
He lost his seat in 1969 and was expelled from the party after attacking then president and prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.