KU LI was recently interviewed by Straits Times Singapore:
THE ODD MAN OUT IN MALAYSIAN POLITICS
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is the odd man out in Malaysian politics. Since the March 8, 2008 general election, which fractured politics like never before, the lawmaker from the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) has come across as the lone voice of calm and moderation in a world of near-continuous bickering.
Tengku Razaleigh makes everyone in the Malaysian political fray uncomfortable. He reminds Umno of its corruption, bemoans the judiciary”s lack of integrity and whacks the Opposition”s hypocrisy.
He slammed the Umno-led Barisan Nasional”s (BN) takeover of the Perak state government through crossovers as “a lie” and, probably much to the embarrassment of the state”s sultan, who refused to dissolve the assembly for fresh polls, has called for just that.
And when asked why the state didn”t have fresh polls,
They may smart at his comments but BN leaders are loath to take him on.
The reason: Tengku Razaleigh, 72, is the last of an Umno generation – that of Abdul
Tengku Razaleigh was wealthy before he entered politics. He did not go into politics to line his own pockets and has contributed more than his fair share to the country and his party.
Not that he hasn”t tried going for the top. In 1987, he came within a whisker of unseating former premier Mahathir Mohamad as Umno”s president.
And more recently, he tried to get enough nominations – he needed at least 58 – to bid again for the presidency. It turned out to be a fiasco. Deputy Premier Najib Razak got 190 while Tengku Razaleigh got just one nomination.
It was a situation that must have hurt. “Of course, I felt let down,” he says softly. “Maybe I don”t know the party any more or maybe they don”t think I have, in some small measure, contributed towards the country and Umno.”
In normal times, and these are not normal times, Ku Li would have been told to pack his bags or be under house-arrest in his White House. In UMNO-speak he would be sacked. Kaput. Bungkus. Period.
Since 03-07 Ku Li has been putting UMNO under the microscope and have found the damaging bacteria eating away at his party. He voiced out his concerns but UMNO has preferred to be called deaf and dumb. It is humiliating to be told UMNO is corruption personified or like some commentator said: It is in UMNO that you can graduate Suma cum laude on Corruption.
KU LI will never leave UMNO. He needs to be sacked from UMNO. But would UMNO dare?
For sure, at all cost, BN will jail Anwar. Two things can happen, as I envision it, - if PR wins at GE13, Ku Li will be nominated PM by Pakatan IF HE LEAVES UMNO. If he does not, Anwar can be the PM whilst in prison. Why not? I remember Datuk Harun whilst serving prison term was nominated and elected into UMNO Supreme Council! I also recall that Napoleon did say...."The word IMPOSSIBLE can only be found in the dictionary of fools!" Howzat?
That is why Hantu's step-brother says that Ku Li just can't join PKR unless UMNO sacks him.
ASIDE: Han's step-brother, just retired from the civil service and volunteered his services for a New Malaysia.