16 May 2018
Kit Siang to KJ: What of regrets about 1MDB silence?
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang was not moved by Khairy Jamaluddin’s claim the latter regretted not speaking up about party grassroots’ dissatisfaction to then prime-minister president Najib Abdul Razak.
Saying the Umno Youth chief’s regrets were too little, too late, Lim stated Khairy still appeared to be avoiding the issue of the 1MDB scandal, which took place on the latter’s watch.
In the interview, Khairy, who is Rembau MP, said nobody in Umno “wanted to bell the cat” following the ousting of Muhyiddin and Mohd Shafie for their criticism of Najib, who was prime minister at the time, in regard to 1MDB.
“Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part,” he had said.
In his statement today, Lim asked if Khairy was therefore now prepared to bell the cat over the beleaguered state investment fund.
“Apparently not, for is as clear as day that Khairy is studiously avoiding the issue of 1MDB scandal and Malaysia being tarred with the epithet of a global kleptocracy,” the statement read.
Lim said in order to make amends, Khairy should call for an urgent BN supreme council meeting on the matter, and for all former ministers and BN members of Parliament to tender a public apology for their “betrayal of the nation’s trust” in not speaking up against the 1MDB sooner.
15 May 2018
Jeyakumarrrr Retweeted malaysiakini.com
@Khairykj so basically you just couldn’t stand up for what was right and what was wrong unlike TSMY and Shafie Apdal? Just curious
‘Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem’: UMNO youth chief Khairy on BN’s defeat
KUALA LUMPUR: “What happened was we became delusional; we got drunk on our own Kool-Aid and we got carried away,” United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia from his office on the 28th floor of the UMNO building in Putra World Trade Centre, the 42-year-old looked remorseful when asked what the party could have possibly done to avoid the May 9 bloodbath that saw the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lose federal power for the first time since the country’s independence more than six decades ago.
“We didn’t want to bell the cat. Nobody, after Muhyiddin was purged, after Shafie was purged … Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part.”
A MISTAKE OF A LIFETIME
Khairy said he wished that he had told the party leader that the grassroots had rejected UMNO and what this meant, after then-prime minister Najib Razak dropped his former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and vice president Shafie Apdal from his Cabinet after both publicly criticised him over 1MDB, the state fund where billions of dollars went missing.
The former youth and sports minister said the mistake of failing to speak the truth in order to protect Najib is one he will personally have to live with for the rest of his life.
@Khairykj You were an active & willing accomplice in serial liar & 1MDB/SRC $46B ECRL $55B defrauder Najib & his UMNO/BN govt oh thieves. Despite knowing the truth, you defended Najib & LIED to the whole country. There is no forgetting or forgiving!
@Khairykj wanted to ride what he thought was a winning horse. U started off ok as minister then fear of losing power make you change your values. That’s truth. Block me if u can’t accept this
Khairy regrets not telling Najib the truth
Khairy Jamaluddin wishes that he had told former premier Najib Abdul Razak about how the grassroots had rejected Umno following the sacking of Muhyiddin Yassin and Mohd Shafie Apdal.
“We didn’t want to bell the cat,” the Umno Youth chief told Channel News Asia.
“Nobody, after Muhyiddin was purged, after Shafie was purged… Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part.
“Was there a signal? Yes, there were clear signals but we became oblivious to the signals.
“This must not happen again, we must not ever allow our leaders in Umno to be detached from reality and not ask tough questions. If we continue with our feudal mindset of protecting the leader from the truth, Umno will go extinct,” he warned.
“We have to be ready. We are up against two giants, to big beasts in the political world. We have to make sure we are ready.
“Malaysians have chosen two giants to lead us; our challenge is to make sure we can play the role of checks and balances against the government.
“I am an ant against the two giants, and I have to make sure I can think quickly and move quickly in the next five years,” he added.
4 August 2015
Khairy: RM2.6b came from supporters
The RM2.6 billion donation deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s private bank accounts came from Umno’s supporters, the party Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
“I was made to understand the contribution came from supporters and donors.
“We hold to MACC’s (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) statement that the donation came from one donor and supporter,” he told reporters.
Yesterday, MACC issued a statement saying investigations revealed that the RM2.6 billion was a donation and not from the 1MDB funds.
This raised eyebrows as MACC had previously declared it was not probing the issue and its scope within the 1MDB special task force was limited to former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International.
“Obviously, when MACC issued a statement yesterday to say the money deposited into Najib’s account was a donation, I assume that it was donation for political purposes,” Khairy said.
“Let’s see what’s going to happen to the special task force… even MACC said it wants to look at the some of the aspects,” he said after officiating a sports event in Cyberjaya today.
On July 3, US-based financial daily The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that RM2.6 billion went into Najib’s private bank accounts and the sum was used for the last general election.
Najib has kept mum on the allegation, except to state that the money wasn’t used ‘for personal gain’.