SUNGAI PETANI, 2 April 2009: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will rejoin Umno in a day or two, Dr Mahathir’s son, Datuk Mukhriz said today.
Mukhriz, the Jerlun member of Parliament, said his father would campaign in Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang by-elections and by then he would have already rejoined Umno.
He added that Mahathir’s return to the party was the most important thing for him now.
“The most important thing for me is Tun Dr Mahathir’s return to Umno and this will become a reality in a day or two,” he told reporters after visiting the Taman Joget homestay here.
Mahathir quit the party in May last year, citing as reason his lack of confidence in the party’s leadership.
Meanwhile, Mukhriz said his defeat in the contest for the Umno Youth chief’s post in the movement’s recent elections had not dampened his spirit to contribute to the party.
He said that his “dare to change” slogan had been well-received by party members and this had contributed to the leadership change between Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as well as changes in party leadership, including the election of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the deputy president.
Meanwhile, Mukhriz said that he was prepared to accept any responsibility given by Najib, who is scheduled taking his oath of office as the new prime minister tomorrow, succeeding Abdullah.
“If he feels that I can contribute, I’m willing to accept any responsibility given to me,” he said. — Bernama