Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says he is withdrawal a statute celebration given it is “seen as ancillary corruption”.
Mr Mahathir pronounced he was “embarrassed” to be compared with a United Malays National Organisation (Umno) given of a support for stream PM Najib Razak.
The former personality has been one of a fiercest critics of Mr Najib, who has been tormented by crime allegations.
Mr Najib denies a allegations and has been officially cleared.
Mr Najib was indicted of holding $681m (£479m) from a state investment comment into his personal bank account.
However, a attorney-general’s bureau privileged him in January, observant a income was a personal concession from a Saudi stately family.
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The prior attorney-general heading a review into a comment was sacked final year.
At a news discussion in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Mahathir, who has regularly called for Mr Najib to resign, pronounced it was now “Najib’s party”.
“I feel broke that we am compared with a celebration that is seen as ancillary crime – it had caused me to feel ashamed.
“I motionless that we can't be a celebration to all these things, so a slightest we can to do is leave a party.”
But he pronounced he would not be environment adult a new party.
Analysis: Jonathan Head, BBC South East Asia Correspondent
This isn’t a initial time a charming and outspoken Mr Mahathir has quiescent from his celebration – though during a age of 90 it will substantially be his last.
Until recently he could count on clever support within Umno, a celebration that has governed Malaysia given independence. He formerly quiescent 8 years ago in a pierce that helped to replace Mr Najib’s predecessor.
But this time Mr Mahathir’s change has been weakened, as Mr Najib has forced out of a celebration anyone who threatened his position, and has ensured a discerning finish to a review into a scandal.
Last year Malaysians were treated to a astonishing steer of Mr Mahathir fasten anti-government travel protests – that he frequency tolerated when he was in office.
But genuine energy still lies within a statute party, and now that he has left it, a maestro politician, for so prolonged a widespread figure in open life, will have few opportunities left to plea a government.
Mr Mahathir is Malaysia’s longest-serving primary minister, statute from 1981 until 2003, and stays frequency influential.
Umno has led all of Malaysia’s statute multi-ethnic coalitions given a country’s arrangement in 1957.
Earlier this month Dr Mahathir’s son, Mukhriz Mahathir, quiescent his post as arch apportion of Kedah state, observant he was suspended given of his critique of Mr Najib.
The primary minister’s bureau pronounced in a matter that Mukhriz Mahathir had mislaid infancy support given he faced a miss of certainty and there were concerns about preparations for a celebration to keep Kedah in a 2018 elections.
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