Saturday, 22 March 2008

Mukhriz backs Tengku Razaleigh's EGM push

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has the right to offer himself to contest for the post of Umno president, MP for Jerlun Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said today.

Mukhriz also said he supported the Gua Musang MP's move to call for an extraordinary general meeting on May 11 to discuss on BN poor performance in the recent election.

Speaking to reporters on his personal capacity, Mukhriz said:

"I respect Tengku Razaleigh's decision to contest for the presidency as it is part of the party's democratic practise.

"This is a positive thing for the party, as now members are entitle to options based on their own opinions, and not just receiving orders from their leaders.”

Mukhriz's support for Tengku Razaleigh is in contrast to the calls by senior Umno leaders - with the exception of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin - that the Kelantan prince back down from his EGM bid .

Yesterday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin, who is Umno vice-president said Tengku Razaleigh was free to do what he likes as long as it is not against the party's constitution.

Mukhriz had earlier this month written to the Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi calling for him to quit after the ruling the Barisans Nasional's unprecedented election setback.

However, no action was taken against him by the Umno Youth Exco for writing the letter much to surprise of many who had expected him to be appropriately dealt with.

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