Razali Zakaria – once a close associate of red shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos – has left Umno, saying he now supports Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Pakatan Harapan government.
However, Razali, the president of NGO Pertubuhan Gerakan Memartabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN), stressed that he has not joined Bersatu, the party Mahathir chairs.
"I did not join Bersatu.
“We are only stating our support for Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and we will stay as observers to scrutinise the government for check and balance," he said at a press conference in Senawang today.
Razali, the former Tasik Jaya Bandar Umno chief, was accompanied by a handful of other leaders of Umno-linked NGOs.
He also insisted he had cut ties with Jamal as he had no more confidence in him.
"I cut ties with him about six months ago, as I think he has only been fighting for himself and not for the party.
"When the police wanted to arrest him, he fled and I think this is wrong.”
Razali has long been associated to Jamal, and was one of the key red shirts counter-protestors at Bersih rallies.