By now, everyone is talking about former Umno president and PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's announcement to quit Umno.
He announced his decision in Alor Star today before 1,000 people, mostly Kedah Umno members at a talk.
He said he was quitting because he had no confidence in the current leadership.
Dr Mahathir has explained his decision in his blog, saying that his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah has also quit the party with him.
In his posting, Dr Mahathir said Umno today is not the party that he joined 62 years ago but one that exists only to support Abdullah and his family and policies that are not consistent with the interest of the race, religion and the country.
Read more H E R E.
Dr Mahathir's decision must have taken many by surprise. Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was shocked at this unexpected development.
Abdullah is far from pressured. In fact he is staying put and intends to continue fighting for the party.
Dr Mahathir told other members who feel the same way to also quit the party to pressure Pak lah to make that exit, but said that they should not join any other party.
He said he will rejoin Umno when Pak Lah steps down.
Umno veteran Sanusi Junid also quit the party today.
And I agree with many many people -- Dr Mahathir outside Umno will be a BIGGER pain (for Pak Lah et al) than inside.
Read the Star story H E R E.
Also Rocky's Bru has his take on this Vesak Day bombshell while a blogger friend Apanama wants to know what Umno is made of today!
I was quite shocked when I was told of his decision during lunch today but, then I figured, that is Dr Mahathir. You really would not know what he'd do next.
One thing, though, this was not an impulsive decision, which now makes me wonder what else does Dr M have up his sleeve!
Interesting to see the development(s) following this. Will he bring with him an "exodus"?
And will his "exit" impact on the upcoming Umno branch meetings, and subsequently the party elections?
We'll just have to wait and see.
I, however, would like to see who else will follow suit.