Aug 7, 2006

I've Explained Enough, Says Khairy

REMBAU, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin says he has made enough explanations on allegations levelled at him and will now focus on the movement's struggle.

He said so far he had spoken to five Umno divisions and "I think that's enough and I want to focus on more important matters."

"I don't know from where the slanders come. I just explain, I've responded to several issues raised by certain leaders which are talked about by party members. So, I have to explain."

He was speaking to reporters after the simultaneous opening of the Rembau Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri delegates conferences by Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Khairy, who is also Rembau Umno Youth head, said as long as he was Umno Youth deputy head, he would continue to listen to views from the grassroots.

"What's important is Umno Youth members. If they accept my explanation, it's good enough for me. Not that I want to satisfy those who accuse me," he said.

Since Friday, Khairy has been talking to several Umno youth divisions during which he denied marrying popular Malay actress Maya Karin and replied to allegations that he interfered in government administration, became a millionaire overnight and could afford to buy ECM-Libra Berhad shares.

Yesterday, he said he was prepared to relinquish his post as Umno Youth deputy chief if he was considered a liability to the movement.

In PORT KLANG, when opening the Klang Umno Youth delegates conference, he likened the people who spread slanders against him as "monkeys shaking the tree.".

"After I made the explanation in Kelantan, some people are still not satisfied. They say if there is no wind, how can a tree sway. It is difficult to answer but sometimes, we can see tree branches moving without wind. Does it happen or there's a monkey shaking them."

He said he regretted having to answer trivial matters about his family in Umno forums which should be the place to discuss national and global issues.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories Umno Youth called on irresponsible people who hurled various baseless allegations against Khairy to stop doing so immediately.

"The movement considers stinging attacks on Khairy as efforts to undermine Umno Youth," its head Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria said.

He said the State Umno Youth supported Umno Youth Chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Khairy as the most senior leaders in the movement and described them as "the country's most important asset".

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