Jan 14, 2006

Khairy: Anwar no threat

(The Star) SANDAKAN: An ongoing visit to Sabah by Keadilan adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is unlikely to affect the strong support for Barisan Nasional in the state, said Umno Youth.

Its deputy youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the former deputy prime minister was a spent political force, noting that this was obvious in the recent Pasir Mas by-election where the people rejected him when he turned up to campaign.

“Anwar’s visit to any part of the country will not have any impact,” said Khairy who was among the Umno leaders at a Hari Raya Aidiladha gathering launched by Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman at Kampung Gum Gum, some 30km from this east-coast town yesterday.

Khairy said Anwar could be likened to an unwanted visitor in Sabah, which had become an unshakable Barisan base.

He was commenting on Anwar’s visits to Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and Tawau to meet Keadilan leaders and members as well as representatives of certain community groups.

Three former Barisan state assemblymen, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Datuk Kong Hong Ming and Datuk Nahalan Damsal attended a talk on the New Economic Policy by Anwar as a visiting professor of the Washington DC-based Georgetown University.

The three denied they were set to join Keadilan.

Dr Jeffery who was involved in a leadership tussle in Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah five years ago, said he attended the event at the invitation of the Sabah United Chinese Women's Association.

“I want to keep in touch with Keadilan’s policies on Sabah,” said the younger brother of Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

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