Khairy says will quit as minister if Umno orders it

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Khairy Jamaluddin said he will quit the government if the Umno Supreme Council withdraws from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration amidst talk earlier today that the party wanted its lawmakers to quit the coalition by February.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said as the ultimate decision-making body, it is up to the Umno Supreme Council to decide on whether to remain with the government.

“As a party member, I am bound by the decision of the party.

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“If the Supreme Council decides and instructs Umno members to withdraw (from the government), then, of course, as a Umno member, I am bound to follow their decision,” he added.

He was responding to questions on talks of the party pulling out from PN as soon as in February.

The party’s Supreme Council will meet tomorrow.

Earlier today, Umno issued a denial that party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has directed all his federal lawmakers to quit their government positions by next month, amid a worsening power struggle with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Umno has also escalated calls for a premature general election to restore it to what it believed was its rightful position as the ruling party, despite the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked if Umno would “win big” by breaking away from PN, Khairy said this must be evaluated thoroughly before it could be established.

“That is something that we need to discuss and scrutinise further and in-depth,” he said.

Clashes between Umno and Bersatu have continued despite their informal alliance to oust the Pakatan Harapan administration last February.

Seething at the perceived loss of their privileges under the PN administration, Umno grassroots have demanded the party leadership reassert its influence to take charge of government again by contesting all seats in the next general election.