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Sunday September 1, 2013 MYT 10:34:46 AM
by razak ahmad AND mazwin nik anis
PETALING JAYA: A popular young Umno ulama claims that he has been made a victim of a campaign trying to pit him against the party youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahaya (pic), 32, said that posters of him declaring his intention to contest the Umno Youth chief post has been circulating without his knowledge, which he described as gutter politics.
“I have no intention of running against Khairy.
“Someone has been making posters of me supposedly declaring my intention to contest the position but the poster does not even spell my name correctly,” he said, adding that he did not know who was behind the posters which have been put up in various locations nationwide and also online.
There have been talk that Fathul, who is popular among many young Muslims with many videos of his religious talks posted on social media including Youtube, was considering a bid to square-off against Khairy in the upcoming party elections.
Khairy has stated his intention to defend his post and no one has so far come forward openly to express their interest to challenge him.
Fathul said that he only plans to offer himself as a candidate for the Umno Youth exco as well as for the Arau division Umno Youth chief post.
He said that he had held discussions with Umno Youth national leaders to express his support for some of the candidates which the movement will endorse as their representatives at the supreme council.
“The leadership shown by the current Umno Youth chief (Khairy) I think is very good and needs to be defended,” said Fathul.
Fathul said he was offering himself as a candidate for the exco and division-level Umno Youth positions as he felt that he could make a positive contribution as a young ulama.
Fathul holds a PhD in Quranic and Hadith studies from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and joined the party in 2010 along with 39 other young religious scholars to rival PAS’ young ulama.
He is the son of former Perlis mufti Datuk Mat Jahaya Hussin.
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