Khairy still loyal to Umno but doesn’t trust the president

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Rembau member of Parliament Khairy Jamaluddin said he has “trust issues” when it comes to Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this was due to several actions taken by Zahid recently.

Khairy cited an instance last October, when Zahid, in his capacity as Umno president, delivered a letter to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, stating that all Umno members of parliament have thrown their support for PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to become the prime minister.

“I was never consulted or asked about this, let alone allow my name to be used by the president.


“Then there was the issue of the recording of a conversation between the president and the opposition leader (Anwar), which he (Zahid) first denied and wanted to lodge a police report, only to later admit that it was genuine,” said Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.

He said the latest decision involved Zahid claiming that all Umno MPs have withdrawn their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government.

“The president said it was made unanimously by the Umno supreme council. However, there are some MPs who are supreme council members who made a decision different from that of the council.

“I have a trust issue with the president. I can’t trust this president,” Khairy told reporters after visiting a proposed vaccination centre at the Iskandar Malaysia Studios today.

Khairy said he will continue to be with the current government and will make a stand during the Parliament proceeding in September.

“I am still an Umno member and appeal for the party to wait until September and vote to ascertain the legitimacy of the government.

“I am still loyal to Umno so let me do my job, namely the vaccination programme. This is a question of people’s lives so, as long as there is no vote, let me do my job,” said Khairy, who is the coordinating minister for the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP).

He said a decision will be made once the votes have been cast. – NST