Loke on sacked KJ: Up to him to decide his direction

KUALA LUMPUR: It is up to the sacked Umno leaders, including Khairy Jamaluddin (pic), to chart their next political move, says DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke.

There is also no need for DAP to make an open invitation to ask them to join the party as it was up to them to decide on their own path, said Loke.

"That depends on them. They haven't voiced their intentions yet. We don't have to jump the gun.

"If there's any application from anyone, the respective parties will consider. We don't want to pre-empt anything.

"I don't think we need to make any open invitations. It's up to the individual leaders.

"I'm sure they know what's best for their own decision," he told reporters after attending the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) Chinese New Year 2023 reception at the Wisma Chinese Chamber here on Saturday (Jan 28).

Loke was asked about the recent purge by Umno, which sacked former Umno youth leader Khairy and former Selangor chief Tan Sri Noh Omar, as well as suspended four other prominent members for six years.

Loke also stressed that component parties in the unity government did not interfere with each others' internal matters.

"I don't want to comment on what was asked, which is on Umno's internal issues.

"On KJ, his direction depends on himself," he said.

Loke added that the government was focusing on governance and the implementation of policies while internal political matters were left to the respective parties' leaders.

He also said that the government would continue to work on delivering the best service to the rakyat in hopes of retaining their support, including in the coming state elections.

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