Tengku Razaleigh, who has expressed his intention to challenge the party number one post, took to task the Prime Minister, Datuk Abdullah Badawii, who as Liaison Chief of UMNO Penang and Chairman of BN, does not have the minimal credibility needed to run the country day by day, let alone to take it in the new directions we need to go in a complex world.
According to Tengku Razaleigh, Abdullah may not have the credibility needed to keep the country together.
This dangerous situation cannot continue, he said.
Below is the full statement.
Statement on the Result of the Permatang Pauh By-ElectionToday, five months after we met with the biggest General Election loss in our history, UMNO has suffered a landslide loss at Permatang Pauh. This despite the mobilization of the entire leadership and resources of a party that has held the machinery of government without pause for fifty years. This despite a campaign that embarrassed and divided the nation with its ugliness. It is time to face the music: it is we who have been buried:
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- Our leadership is rejected by the rakyat and, moreover, is rejected by our own members. BN’s vote count was less than the number of UMNO members in the constituency.
- Within and among our component parties we ran a poorly coordinated and listless campaign against a motivated Opposition.
- What scraps of credibility the Prime Minister and his Deputy had left after March 8 are gone.
Today’s report card, delivered to a Prime Minister who is accountable also as Liaison Chief of UMNO Penang and Chairman of BN, is impossible to hide: he does not have the minimal credibility needed to run the country day by day, let alone to take it in the new directions we need to go in a complex world. He may not have the credibility needed to keep the country together. This dangerous situation cannot continue, and it will not.
I appeal to the members of UMNO and of BN’s component parties to stand by UMNO in our hour of crisis, and to take a sober historical perspective. The people of Malaysia and along with them, Umno’s ordinary members, have found their
democratic voice. They demand leadership that can be trusted to unite our people, to restore confidence in our institutions, and forge a clear national direction. Today is proof that this wave cannot be held back. UMNO must change.
We must begin by renewing our Party leadership. I am confident that by December, we shall.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah