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Monday, May 19, 2008

Late Breaking News: Mahathir quits UMNO

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In a way, Walski's not entirely surprised. But one thing's for sure - it's the ultimate show of dissatisfaction, on the part of the former Prime Minister.

But the question now is this: Will other UMNO members who are similarly dissatisfied follow suit?

Which gives Walski the perfect excuse to put up another opinion poll...
(the new poll, and more, in the full post)

Politics in Malaysia has taken on a totally interesting path, of late. It's been a long time since the political landscape has gotten so interesting. Or maybe it's always been interesting, just that we weren't aware... These days, news travels a lot faster than when all we had were paper based news.

And so, what do you think? The poll Walski's just put up will be active until the end of May, although we should know the outcome a lot sooner than that. It'll be interesting to see what the reaction will be in the political wilderness of Malaysia.

The reason Walski's not entirely surprised? Sometimes it's more effective to be critical when you're on the outside. He's also not surprised that Tun Dr. Mahathir has called upon members not happy to leave but not join opposition parties - rather, to wait until after the current President gets the boot, and to rejoin the party later. Let's see what his son Mukhriz does, though. That should be a good barometer of what we can expect.

But will UMNO accept these party-quitters in the future? Even with political vindictiveness taken into consideration, that is left to be seen. Desperate situations call for desperate measures, and in politics, anything is possible.

Walski also expects that we can see an escalation of criticism from our ex-PM in the very near future, as well.

It's turning out to be an interesting chess game, with this latest move being TDM's counter-attack of the recent Royal Commission of Inquiry's report, and the calls to investigate those involved, the Tun included.

We'll just have to wait and see who'll turn out to be the better strategist... Or will it end in a political stale-mate?