A drama of sorts unfolded at a press conference by newly-elected Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir today.

The media was alerted to cover the press conference where Mukhriz, youngest son of ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was scheduled to speak at 3pm at a hotel in Seberang Jaya, Penang.

The journalists were told that Mukhriz, also an Umno Youth exco member, will call on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to quit. Youth wing leaders from Perak, Penang and Kedah were expected to back Mukhriz’s call.

But come 3pm, Mukhriz was no where to be found at the hotel. There were others there, numbering some 200 – majority of whom were plainclothes police – waiting at the hotel for his arrival. There were also police trucks and the light strike force members on standby.

There were also moments of slight tension as journalists were informed that ugly scenes may occur when Mukhriz arrives.

After a 90-minute wait, the journalists were told by Mukhriz’s aide to go to another hotel located nearby quietly to avoid the remaining crowd from following them.

Malaysiakini later learnt that the change of venue was apparently because some Abdullah’s supporters were waiting for Mukhriz to counter his attack against the premier, who was sworn in for the second term this morning.

Security were tight at the press conference, where only the media representatives and Mukhriz’s supporters were allowed in. A large number of plainclothes police were barred from entering the venue.

Mukhriz was seen drafting his speech and discussing with his aides when the journalists arrived. There were also about 100 supporters present.

P/S Mukhriz pun suruh paklah letak jawatan. nampak sangat keretakan dan perpecahan dalam BN nie. Kalau BN memerintah lagi, lepas nie negara pulak yang jadi pecah belah.