When those from Buddhist faith celebrate their Vesak day on 19th May 2008, UMNO is hit with the sudden announcement by Tun Mahathir that he quits the party. From his own words, it seems that there are certain pre-conditions attached for his return to UMNO. All the conditions seem to revolve around the departure of AAB as the PM, President of UMNO and BN.
The why's of Tun Mahathir's decision is best left at that and no amount of speculation can unearth the truth of his actions.
Looking through the fine prints of Malaysian insider, is the sudden announcement made because PAS member and former election candidate Ismail Wan Teh dare Tun Mahathir to make good his urge for party members to leave UMNO?
Tun Mahathir's long time political nemesis cum friend, Tun Musa Hitam, likened Tun Mahathir's quiting UMNO as removing thorn from the flesh . Is this a fitting description to a elder statesman who propels Malaysia into the world map ?
With parliment still in session, all eyes will be on Sabah MP's who have been extensively vocal in putting forth their displeasure to the treatment from Taiko UMNO. DAP adviser, Mr Lim Kit Siang shall be incorporating a clause calling for an inquiry on Sabah’s longstanding illegal immigrant problem in his motion of thanks on the Royal Address. Sabah MP's have to decide whether to support the clause and go against the traditional backing to the Government or to stick to their normal role of stamping the Government's proposal.
And during this time, the opposition will find time to politically capitalise on the event, to their maximum advantage where Anwar Ibrahim, TG Nik Aziz, Lim Kit Siang will find extra mileage in their quest to topple BN.
Now the bigger question is not if AAB steps down but more of when AAB will step down...
Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...