Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad badawi says he “…seemed determined not to be remembered as the man who destroyed the party for his own interest”.
Perhaps, he just did.
According to Malaysiakini, he announced to the 13 party component parties in Barisan Nasional that he will quit in March when UMNO holds it general assembly; paving the way for Najib Tun Razak, his deputy to take over as premier.
Whether Najib would actually assume the premiership is anyone’s guess.
Earlier, the Malaysian Insider says that Abdullah will not defend his position as he feels that the support that he has received in the last few days and reports from the ground confirm what he has suspected – that the “groundswell” against him was manufactured by senior party leaders.
But he has told aides and party officials that a battle for the top position will leave Umno badly scarred and in a weak position to fight off the Opposition challenge.