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Resignation of Umno veterans shows divide within party

Moderates uneasy over party's growing ties with PAS; analysts expect more will leave

Two top Umno leaders have quit amid disquiet among moderates in the Malay party over efforts to move closer to Islamic party PAS.

The two, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who are lawmakers as well as former ministers in the previous administration, announced their decision in the space of 24 hours.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'Resignation of Umno veterans shows divide within party'. Print Edition | Subscribe