Khairy shoots down claims of joining Pakatan

Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman

KUALA LUMPUR: Rembau member of parliament Khairy Jamaluddin has yet again shot down claims that he would be joining Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the near future.

His denial came in the form of a tweet, which suggested that not only would he be remaining in Umno, but that he is also gunning for the party presidency in 2021.

Via his Twitter account, Khairy wrote: ‘Habis tu macam mana nak bertanding Presiden UMNO tahun 2021?’

(If that was the case, how am I going to contest the Umno presidency in 2021?’)

His tweet was in response to an article quoting Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) founder, Badrul Hisham Shaharin or Chegubard, who was quoted as saying that Khairy was eyeing a spot in PH.

In a Facebook post, Badrul Hisham had claimed that Khairy was preparing to make a jump to join the government.

“Skilled gameplay by Khairy Jamaluddin. Provoke enough to make sure he is sacked while at the same time, readying his spot,” claimed Badrul Hisham.

Before this, Khairy, who is also Rembau Umno deputy chief, was also said to be on his way out of Umno following his loss in his presidency bid in the Umno elections.

However, the former Youth and Sports Minister had maintained that he would remain in Umno. He said his absence from the leadership would enable him to speak freely by criticising policies.

Khairy, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li) and two other candidates lost to Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in the bid for the presidency in the Umno elections last June. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd