KUALA LUMPUR: United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has thrown his hat into the ring for the party’s top post ahead of elections on Jun 30.
In an Instagram post on Sunday (Jun 17), the former Minister of Youth and Sports announced that he will contest party elections for the lead role in UMNO.
The Rembau Member of Parliament had previously stated that he was only contesting for the vice-president post.
Khairy announced his candidature several hours before the close of party election nominations.
In a Facebook post, Khairy said that the decision to run for the president post was not easy and that it was made after thinking about the future survival of UMNO.
“I took the decision to stand for UMNO president post because I want party members to have a choice on the future direction of the party,” he said.
He said that regardless of the outcome of the election, his loyalty to UMNO would not waver and that he would support whoever had been chosen to become the new party president.
Both Khairy and Razaleigh will be up against current UMNO acting president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who has been handling party responsibilities following former prime minister Najib Razak’s decision to step down on May 12.
Blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz has also expressed his intention to run for UMNO presidency and has submitted his nomination form.
Following Barisan Nasional’s shock defeat at the 14th General Elections, Khairy told Channel NewsAsia that the party had become “delusional”.
“… Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part,” he said.
Source : Channel NewsAsia