Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has taken Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam to task on Twitter, prompting a small flurry of excitement in the local social media scene.
It all started when Lokman engaged with Khairy’s tweet, where the latter had shared a video clip of his exchange with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on keeping the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a lower rate versus the Sales and Services Tax (SST).
Khairy’s tweet, which was posted on Aug 1 and remains pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline, went on to say that the Finance Ministry admits GST is better, yet says it must go because it’s an election promise; “Political populism wins over sound economic policy”.
To this, Lokman said; “with this kind of finger-pointing attitude, don’t ever dream that you can ever become the President of Umno”.
Khairy’s response did not take nearly as long.
“You better pray I don’t become President of Umno. First thing I’ll do is sack you for having the IQ of a carrot,” he told Lokman in the Sunday afternoon (Nov 4) tweet.
Twitter users could not contain their amusement and tagged both political personalities in GIFs related to the exchange.
A strong defender of former prime minister Najib Razak, Lokman’s attack against Khairy was due to Khairy’s rebuttal of Najib’s remarks that Barisan Nasional (BN) lost the 14th general election (GE14) because of “fraud, defamation and false promises made by Pakatan Harapan”.
Disputing Najib, Khairy had tweeted: “We lost because of 1MDB. The end.”
Replying to Khairy’s tweet, Lokman said: “What to do, at that time @NajibRazak had a stupid youth chief that never make any attempt to study about 1MDB and explain it to the public. He only knows how to choose the right colours of his socks”.
At the time of writing, Khairy had yet to respond to the other missives from Lokman.
Yesterday, Lokman Noor Adam lashed out at Khairy and revealed what went on behind the scenes shortly after BN conceded defeat in the GE14.
Lokman claimed that Khairy, who was the Umno Youth chief at the time, had gone to party president Najib’s house on the same night to demand his resignation.
He added that if it were not for Khairy’s pressure, BN could have continued on as a “caretaker government” for another three months despite losing the general election, while Najib worked to form an alliance with other parties.
“If Najib did not have such a foolish and hasty Youth chief, it would not have been impossible for him to remain as the chairperson of BN which still had the most seats (under one name) and continue on as a caretaker government for another three months after May 9.
“In those three months, Najib might have succeeded in convincing other parties to form a unity government and Khairy might still have remained as the youth and sports minister – instead of a child who likes to take selfies in bathtubs,” he said in a statement.
Lokman insisted that BN’s defeat was due to slander, and added that Khairy had also been defamed over an RM100 million corruption case in his ministry. The case had been the subject of an MACC investigation.
He also blamed Khairy for not doing enough to help BN win the GE14.