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Wednesday May 21, 2008 MYT 8:22:59 PM

Mokhzani quits Umno (Update 2)

ALOR STAR: Former Kedah Umno treasurer Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir and former Kota Setar MP Dr Abdul Hadi Derani have joined the list of party members who have quit the party.

Mokhzani, who is the second son of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who quit the party on Monday, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should step down as the party president before more Umno members resigned.

A member of the Sungai Layar Hujung Umno branch for 22 years, Mokhzani submitted his resignation letter to the Merbok division while Dr Abdul Hadi submitted his letter to the Pokok Sena division on Tuesday.

“I do not see how the crisis can be resolved by the present leadership. We need a new leader,” Mokhzani said when contacted on Wednesday.

Kedah Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid dismissed Mokhzani as state party treasurer in 2006.

Mokhzani said a leadership change in Umno must happen quickly before more members quit.

“The Opposition is aggressively wooing those who have quit Umno,” he said.

Kedah Umno liaison committee chairman Mahdzir Khalid had in early 2006 dismissed Mokhzani as state party treasurer.

Asked if he would rejoin Umno if Abdullah steps down, Mokhzani said “Insya Allah (God willing)”.

“For the time being I prefer to be with the larger group of Malaysians who are not aligned to any political parties,” he said.

On Tuesday, Umno Youth exco member and Jerlun MP Datuk Mukhriz, who is also Mokhzani's brother, had announced that he will not quit the party.

He however called on Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign.

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