Let me take this opportunity to thank you and the party's leadership for the faith in me and the chance to contest in Jerlun as a Barisan Nasional candidate.
With the blessing and hard work of the party's leadership and machinery as well as the people of Jerlun, I have won the election and am now a new Member of Parliament.
However, sadly enough, my victory is rendered meaningless in view of the defeat that Umno and the Kedah BN suffered at the hands of the opposition.
Apart from Kedah, four other states as well as the Federal Territories also received a similar humiliation in defeat.
In fact your own state of Penang was wrested by the DAP from the BN. Kelantan is again under PAS rule.
In other states, the BN also suffered a similar humiliation when the level of BN support by the people has tremendously reduced. This, Datuk Seri, has never happened in the history of BN rule.
The sole intention of my letter to you is meant to save Umno and BN from being rejected further by the people and from being no longer relevant to our religion, race and nation.
Dato' Seri, the people are unhappy and the message from them is very clear, and that is, they have rejected you as the nation's Chief Executive.
Contrary to your claim that you still have the support of UMNO and other component parties, the reality is that even our own party members had reneged in their voting pattern by supporting the opposition and inflicting the BN its defeat.
When the people held street demonstrations you openly dared them to resort to the ballot boxes to demonstrate.
They took your challenge by coming out, especially those people in the Peninsular, and they demonstrated their feelings by voting us out at state and Parliament levels.
It is therefore clear that your leadership and your handling of the issues faced by the people and the nation are no longer accepted.
Let's not deny the truth just for the sake of keeping your seat as Prime Minister.
For the love of this country and the people, I beg that you take responsibility for the defeat.
We can save UMNO, the BN and the nation only if you relinquish your positions as Prime Minister and President of UMNO.
I hope you will understand that I make this plea with the intention of salvaging a very dire situation. A move has been made to woo BN representatives to join the Opposition.
The enemy needs just 35 seats more to topple the government of your leadership.
If you do not resign in the near future, I fear that the situation will become untenable and that Malay support for UMNO and BN will be a thing of the past.
This plea I make without malice, and I am aware that your reaction and that of other UMNO members could very well be hostile.
But come what may, I am prepared, for the sake of the Malays and UMNO, to face the consequences of my action. With all humility, I leave my fate to Allah SWT.
Dato' Seri, I am sure that you will do the right thing for the sake of the people and the nation.
May Allah SWT bless you for the sacrifice you make by stepping down.
Jerlun Member of Parliament
So states the content of this now world famous letter from Mukhriz Tun Mahathir Mohamad.
A noble decision by the son of Malaysia's most illustrious former Premier Tun Mahathir Mohamad who ruled over Malaysia for 22 long years and transformed this once agricultural based country to being one of Asia's powerhouse developing nations.
By asking the Prime Minister to resign by sending him an open letter just as he himself has just been elected into office by the Malaysian voters in Jerlun, Kedah announces the coming out of Mukhriz from the confines of UMNO Youth and into the mainstream of the national political battlefront.Unlike UMNO Youth Head Hishamudin Tun Hussein Onn, himself the son of another former premier, Mukhriz has not minced his words and has exhibited at last the promise in him to step into his father's enormous 'shoes' of having set the standard for political leadership here in this land.
Mukhriz Mahathir has sort of put his political future onto the chopping block but his call is not considered as an act of malice for frankly UMNO under Abdullah Badawi's weak leadership has practically lost it's political base and sort of imploded from within due to the incompetent praise loving fumbling Abdullah Badawi.
Mukhriz may be facing the greatest challenge to his political career within the next few days as the apple polishers in current day weakened UMNO will be scrambling to slaughter his reputation and offer him as a sacrifice in order to curry favor with Abdullah Badawi who remains obstinate in holding on to the Malaysian Premiership.
I await to see if the BN MP's from Sabah and Sarawak would want to switch camps and crossover to the DAP-PKR-PAS Coalition and change the course of this nation's history effectively bringing down the BN from their pedestal of power which they have held for half a century?
Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto DAP-PKR-PAS Barisan Rakyat leader would be eligible to contest in a by-election if and when his wife Wan Azizah decides to vacate her Parliamentary seat at Permatang Pauh to make way for the future Prime Minister of Malaysia for no other politician from the Barisan Rakyat is so feared by the BN today than him, who was so unceremoniously sacked from his Deputy Premiership during Mahathir's watch 10 years ago?
Those who were responsible in the conspiracy to remove him from power back then must now be having a major case of the shrinking gonads and losing sleep over their very uncertain future?
Mukhriz has put his political future in UMNO at risk but he is no ordinary UMNO politician. He is the son of Tun Mahathir, one of the toughest politician and premier Malaysia has ever seen?
Mukhriz is also the head of ANSARA, an alumni of ex-MARA students, and one of the largest most influential groups of Malay professionals who are in every aspect of the Malaysian Industries and who wield a very powerful influential base throughout the nation.
I am monitoring each and every development that is taking place as a consequence of this open letter from Mukhriz asking Abdullah Badawi to step down from being the PM of Malaysia.
I would appreciate it very much if you could update me with anything that you might have heard about this? Thank you.