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Mahathir’s son asks Abdullah to step down


March 15, 2008

Mahathir’s son asks Abdullah to step down

As Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi prepares to announce his new Cabinet on Monday (March 17), pressure on him to quit continues to grow. The lates call for his resignation come from Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

"I feel that Abdullah has to take responsibility for our losses and that the honourable thing to do is to withdraw," AFP quoted Mukhriz as saying Friday.

The call adds to the pressure on Abdullah, who heads the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which leads the Barisan Nasional coalition that was humbled in the March 8 polls.

"By his resignation, then at least the confidence in UMNO and Barisan Nasional will be somewhat restored in the eyes not only of the people but also our members," said Mukhriz, a member of UMNO's influential youth wing, and the highest-ranking member of the party to openly push for Abdullah to stand down.

Abdullah, who won his party's backing in a meeting on Monday, has vowed not to surrender.

Earlier, Mahathir, who led UMNO and the nation for 22 years before stepping down in 2003, lashed out at his successor after the worst performance in its half-century rule over Malaysia.

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