Sep 26, 2008

I'm being sabotaged, says Khairy

(Malaysiakini) Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin believes that he is being sabotaged by certain quarters who are preventing party members from meeting him.

The Rembau parliamentarian, who has expressed his desire to contest for the Umno Youth chief post, claims he has proof of this.

khairy jamaluddinAccording to him, at certain functions which he attended, there were those who had asked Umno members not to attend.

"I have proof that there are those trying to stop Umno members from getting to know their leaders," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"For me, all party members have the right to get to know their leaders and approach me, so there is no need for such preventions," he added.

Responding to Mukhriz

Khairy, who is also the son-in-law of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, was commenting on the statement made by Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir who is also vying for the Umno Youth chief post.

Mukhriz, the son of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had called for an immediate stop to the attempts of preventing party members from meeting the leaders or candidates.

At present, there are five contenders in the battle for the Youth chief post. Besides Khairy and Mukhriz, the others are Perlis Umno deputy chief Zahidi Zainul Abidin, former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and Energy, Water and Communications Minister Shaziman Abu Mansor.

However, the Umno supreme council this morning decided to postpone the party polls and annual general meeting to March next year to allow for a smooth transfer of power from Abdullah to his deputy, Najib Abdul Razak.

The meeting, along with party elections, was scheduled to be held in December.

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