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KJ denies role in PM-succession drama

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – November 22, 2019: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar has taken to Facebook to clarify that he had nothing to with the intrigue concerning the Pakatan Harapan prime minister succession plan.

Khairy said he had never submitted a letter to Parliament secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah, requesting to move a motion to change the prime minister, which The Star had initially reported as genuine.

“Datuk Roosme has confirmed that Parliament did not receive the letter. I am not involved and have no interest in being involved. The question of succession (while very important) should be settled by Pakatan. It has nothing to do with my party or me.

“I am interested in debating and discussing policy that can assist ordinary Malaysians who are now worse off under Pakatan. I leave the intrigue to those interested in aristocratic court politics,” reads Khairy’s statement.

Before they won last year’s May 9 national elections, the leaders of Pakatan had stated that then-jailed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would succeed Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister some time next year.

Khairy is the second BN parliamentarian to have been accused of having a role in the succession drama. The first was Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Like Khairy, Hishammuddin – who was accused of being the mastermind of a clandestine meeting between a group of 22 BN MPs and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali last Monday night – also denied the accusation.

The controversial meeting followed Pakatan’s crushing defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election last Saturday, where BN’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng of MCA won with a whopping 15,086 votes.

Pakatan leaders who were known to be Azmin’s ally such as PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin and Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar were among those seen leaving Azmin’s house after the meeting.

Pressure on Mahathir to hand over power stepped up immediately after Tanjung Piai, with some commentators and Pakatan politicians laying the blame squarely on him.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.