Tun Doctor Mahathir Mohammad announced his resignation from UMNO to a cheering supporters in Kedah. Dr Mahathir, 82, said he will only come back when there is change in leadership. He said it resigned in protest against Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s poor leadership. He was Malaysia’s Prime Minister for 22 years before he handpicked Abdullah for the job. Mahathir joined UMNO at its inception in 1946. After the 13 May 1969 riots, Mahathir was sacked for his letter to first Prime Minister Abdul Rahman criticising the latter’s handling the country’s administration.
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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is sacked as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister. He was fired after months of economic policy differences with the Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The was expel from UMNO by UMNO supreme council a day after.
Mahathir rejoined UMNO and was subsquently appointed as Senator in 1973. He relinquished the senatorship post in 1974 in order to contest in the general elections where he was returned unopposed in the constituency of Kubang Pasu, and was appointed as the Minister of Education.
Mahathir was sacked from the UMNO Supreme Council, following his widespread distribution to the public of his letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Prime Minister at that time about his handling of the race riots of 13 May 1969. In his letter, he had criticised the manner in which Tunku Abdul Rahman had handled the country’s administration which was believed to favour the ethnic Chinese. Mahathir was subsequently expel of his party membership on 26 September 1969. Mahathir joined UMNO at its inception in 1946.