The "powerful" Umno Supreme Council today voiced their strong support and pledged their undivided loyalty to party president Abdullah Badawi, who is facing harsh and serious criticisms from former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
As expected the meeting, held at the party's headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur and chaired by Abdullah, did discussed Mahathir's criticisms on his chosen successor. However, no decision was made as to his party's membership and thus Mahathir remains an Umno member.
The support and loyalty pledge to Abdullah is expected. For the sake of their positions and standings either as cabinet ministers, chief ministers or elected representatives and corporate figures, they will support anyone who is the party leader, be it the devil himself.
Meanwhile, a respected religious scholar (ulama) from Hadralmaut, Yemen, Al-Habib Ali bin Abdul Kadir Alhabshee (pix) today called on Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya. Mahathir is well respected in the Muslim world and visiting ulamas will not miss the opportunity to call on him.