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Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by sira habibu AND muguntan vanar
PETALING JAYA: Akhramsyah Sanusi is taking on Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin following the “nudging” of grassroots leaders.
Akhramsyah, the son of former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, said he was going for it because no other candidate was challenging Khairy.
“Grassroots leaders have been asking if I was willing to contest the top post in the wing.
After having intense discussions over the last two weeks and referring the matter to elders, I decided to throw my hat into the ring,” he said here yesterday.
“I will be making an official announcement soon after few other consultations,” he said.
Akhramsyah, who turns 40 next month, is a chemical engineer by profession and obtained his masters degree from the Imperial College of London while Khairy is the Youth and Sports Minister.
Akhramsyah said he appreciated public discourse on ways to keep the Umno Youth wing relevant in his blog at thoughtsintangents.blogspot.com.
He also expressed his wish to see the wing return to its era of glory when there was sincerity in struggle and unity in implementing the Malay agenda.
When contacted, Sanusi said although it would be a tough fight, his son wanted to give it a try.
“He has my full support,” said Sanusi, who served as Kedah mentri besar from 1996 to 1999.
In Kota Kinabalu, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman announced that he would not be defending his supreme council seat and dismissed talks that he was going for the post of vice-president.
“After much consideration and consultation with my peers in the party, including Sabah Umno exco, I have decided not to run for both posts,” he said in a statement, adding that the decision was final.
Musa said that was a big state and there was still much to be done to develop the state and improve the people’s overall welfare.
“This requires my undivided attention and my full commitment,” he said, adding that he had informed Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of his decision.
Sabah Umno, he said, maintained that both the posts of president and deputy president should not be challenged.
“I am committed to Umno and its cause and will give my undivided support to the leadership of the party under its president,” said the 62-year-old businessman turned politician.
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