Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has resigned from his post as the Umno advisory council chairperson on Monday out of protest against “kerajaan gagal” (failed government).
In his resignation letter addressed to Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Gua Musang MP mentioned the disappointment among the public and party grassroots on the composition of the new government.
“Of course, the appointed leaders and members of the government who replaced the ‘kerajaan gagal’ have received the blessing from Umno leadership, despite the public and party grassroots having aired their disappointment to see most of the positions filled by those who came from the (previous) government that has failed.
“Can these people help our party reclaim what we lost for the upcoming 15th general election and end this hung Parliament situation? Can we depend on them to bring us to victory in GE15?
Tengku Razaleigh, or better known as Ku Li, had been very vocal against the previous Perikatan Nasional government led by then prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
He had in July requested that his seat in the Dewan Rakyat be moved to the independent bloc, despite Umno being part of the coalition that supported the federal government then, saying that he did not want to be seen as a supporter of the government.
The veteran politician was also the only Umno MP who did not support party vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob during the process of choosing a new prime minister.
He ended the letter thanking Zahid for giving him the role in July last year.
Yesterday, Tengku Razaleigh said that he was on a mission to restore Umno’s legal and constitutional rights, as well as its place in national politics.
The Gua Musang MP said the party should get back to basics and bring back the idealism that he said was lost after Umno Baru was set up in 1988.
“I am part of the original Umno party with the mission to restore Umno’s legal and constitutional rights, and to do whatever necessary to restore its place in national politics and the national interest,” the veteran said while debating the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyat.