My work as Health Minister takes priority over polls speculation, says Khairy

REMBAU: Khairy Jamaluddin just wants to stay focused on his duties as Health Minister rather than dwell on when the general election will be called.

He stressed that he already had his hands full with ministry work and said the Prime Minister should be left to decide when the national polls are called.

"I, as one of the ministers from Umno, must remain focused on my work so that the people will know I am working.

"We (Umno ministers) must continue to give a good perception and impress the people, failing which we risk being labelled as menteri cap ayam (low quality ministers)," he said after presenting excellent service awards to teachers and staff at the Rembau education office here Thursday (Aug 18).

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He had been asked to comment on a statement by party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Sunday (Aug 14) that Barisan Nasional will be able to do better if the general election is called this year.

Ahmad Zahid said Barisan may find it tougher next year due to expected inflation and economic-related issues.

Khairy said Umno leaders who were not in the government such as the president and deputy president can continue to focus on preparing the party machinery for the polls.

"This combination is very important. But the timing of the polls should be left to the PM," he said.

Khairy said it was crucial for him to remain focused on his work in view of the Health Ministry's role in the present situation.

"I have told my party that I want to do a good job to safeguard the name of my party.

"I cannot be saying that since the election will be held soon, I will stop focusing on my work," he added.

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