Friday 14 March 2008


After the alliance suffered heavy losses in 1969 Mahathir Mohamad wrote a strong letter to the then Prime Minister.

Barisan Nasional received a similar stunning defeat in the recent GE.

Now, 39 years on Mahathir’s son also writes a no-holds-barred epistle to the PM.

Mukhriz Mahathir has called for Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign after the ruling coalition’s unprecedented election losses.

Thus far he is the most high profile member of UMNO to have openly demanded Abdullah’s resignation.

Mukhriz’s letter to the PM was written in Bahasa Malaysia, below is a translation of it into English

"12th March 2008

Dato’ Seri,

Let me take this opportunity to thank you and the party’s leadership for the faith in me and the chance to contest in Jerlun as a Barisan Nasional candidate. With the blessing and hard work of the party’s leadership and machinery as well as the people of Jerlun, I have won the elections and am now a new Member of Parliament.

However, sadly enough, my victory is rendered meaningless in view of the defeat that Umno and the Kedah BN suffered in the hands of the opposition. Apart form Kedah, four other states as well as the Federal Territories also received similar humiliation in defeat.

In fact your own state of Penang was wrested by the DAP from the BN. Kelantan is again under Pas rules. In other states, the BN also suffered a similar humiliation when the level of BN support by the people has tremendously reduced. This, Datuk Seri, has never happened in the history of BN rule.

The sole intention of my letter to you is meant to save Umno and BN from being rejected further by the people and from being no longer relevant to our religion, race and nation.

Dato’ Seri, the people are unhappy and the message from them is very clear, and that is they have rejected you as the nation’s chief executive.

Contrary to your claim that you still have the support of Umno and other component parties, the reality is that even our own party members had reneged in their voting pattern by supporting the Opposition and inflicting the BN its defeat.

Dato’ Seri, when the people held street demonstrations you openly dared them to resort to the ballot boxes to demonstrate.

They took your challenge by coming out, especially tho people in the Peninsular, and they demonstrated their feelings by voting us out at the BN at State and Parliament levels.

It is therefore clear that your leadership and your handling of the issues faced by the people and the nation are no longer accepted. Let’s not deny the truth just for the sake of keeping your seat as Prime Minister.

For the love of this country and the people, I beg that you take responsibility for the defeat. We can save Umno, the BN and the nation only if you relinquish your positions as Prime Minister and the President of Umno.

Dato’ Seri, I hope you will understand that I make this plea with the intention of salvaging a very dire situation. A move has been made to woo the BN representatives to join the Opposition. The enemy needs just 35 seats more to topple the government of your leadership.

If you do not resign in the near future, I fear that the situation will become untenable and that the Malay support for Umno and BN will be a thing of the past.

This plea I make without malice, and I am aware that your reaction and that of other Umno members could very well be hostile.

But come what may, I am prepared, for the sake of the Malays and Umno, to face the consequences of my action. With all humility, I leave my fate to Allah SWT.

Dato’ Seri, I am sure that you will do the right thing for the sake of the people and the nation. May Allah SWT bless you for the sacrifice you make by stepping down.


Yours Sincerely

Mukhriz Mahathir
Member of Parliament, Jerlun"

Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet
- No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rakyat Tak Suka Dicabar

seems to be all this is about.

But who is doing the challenging? Is it so wrong to tell the rakyat to vote instead of demonstrating?

Is it so democratic to make a public letter to call an elected leader to step down? Mukhriz please call for early Umno election and challenge Abdullah for party president post if you have the guts instead of taking snaky potshots.

Now that the Alliance oops Barisan Najis have taken a thrashing, are you trying to repeat history, by writing a letter like your father did? Are we to expect engineered riots as in May 13 just because of the power crazed politicians grabbing for whatever wealth is left from the nation? Is this loss not a deliberate conspiracy to overthrow Badawi by Umno elements making racist remarks and actions to weaken his popularity with the rakyat?