Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has called on his party to forge ahead with the rejuvenation process in the wake of its former president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s conviction by the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
He said that although everyone in the party has the right to give moral support to Najib, he hoped that Umno would no longer be ensnared in the case as it is time for the party to be rebuilt and pave the way for a transition of leadership in preparation for a new era.
“The High Court has convicted former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Although he still has room to appeal, this is a decision that has a big impact on Umno as a party.
“I think although he still has room to appeal, this is the time for Umno as a political party to move forward and carry out the rejuvenation process.
“The time has come for us to rebuild this sacred Umno party and for us to look at a leadership transition that will take the party into a new era,” he said in a statement on his official website today.
Khairy was one of the first in Umno to call for Najib’s resignation as party president after Barisan Nasional’s loss in the 2018 general election.