KUALA LUMPUR: Incoming Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin briefed the exco meeting yesterday on why he was at the home of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim shortly after Anwar was released from jail.
Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said: “We have made our position very clear that we do not and will not allow Datuk Seri Anwar back into Umno. There should not be any more discussion on Khairy’s presence in Anwar’s house. It’s superfluous because there is no issue of conspiracy and political manoeuvring.”
Asked if Khairy shared the same views on Anwar, Hishammuddin said: “He has expressed his views to the exco and we accepted it. There is no need to dwell on it anymore as far as the Youth exco is concerned. We have made it clear that Anwar has no place in Umno any more,” he said after chairing the exco meeting.
On talk at the grassroots level that Khairy had some time ago purportedly called for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down as Prime Minister over the Anwar issue and his subsequent presence in Anwar’s home, Hishammuddin said such talk was “normal.”
“No matter what they say on the ground, we know the true situation and that is what matters.
“And it is incumbent on us to explain this to the grassroots.”
Khairy later said in an interview that he had never called for Dr Mahathir to resign.
“That is a blatant lie. It never happened.
“I was never in the room when a student in London had urged Dr Mahathir to step down.
“There was also another meeting in Kuala Lumpur where a student from Kedah asked Dr Mahathir to go. I was present but it wasn’t me who asked him to step down.”
On Khairy’s presence at Anwar’s home, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said that he had instructed his son-in-law to go there to facilitate Anwar’s passport application so that he could travel to Munich as soon as possible to seek medical treatment.
On Tuesday, the Umno supreme council tried to put a stop to the talk by saying that the door was shut for Anwar to re-enter the party “for now.”
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