The group of veterans outside Ambiga's home in May 2012
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans president Mohd Ali Baharom of “butt exercise” fame has announced his resignation from Umno due to issues with the party’s leadership.
Mohd Ali, who made headlines after leading a group of veterans in doing “butt exercises” in front of Bersih founder Datuk S Ambiga’s house in 2012, made the announcement on Facebook late Tuesday night.
“Umno leadership is ruining Malays, in Islam we must reject such doings,” he said.
“I sometimes consider restoring the strength of Umno but those in power split the strength of Umno members because they do not support victory.”
However, Mohd Ali underlined his firm support for the Barisan Nasional.
“Farewell Umno, but I vote BN,” he said.
In May 2012, about 15 ex-servicemen led by Mohd Ali were seen stretching and shaking their buttocks in front of Ambiga’s house.
Ambiga proceeded to come out of her house and graciously told them: “I’m happy you had a good exercise” before offering the group isotonic drinks.