PETALING JAYA: Does Khairy Jamaluddin believe that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang should also retire from politics for the same reason that he urged three other senior opposition politicians to quit?
That’s the question raised by DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, who was one of the other three senior politicians named by the youth and sports minister, with the other two being PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PKR leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
Chiding the Umno Youth chief for his “confused thinking and insensible expression” in asking Mahathir, 92, and Anwar, who turns 70 in a few months, to quit, Lim, 76, reminded Khairy that Hadi will join the 70s club soon too.
“I am the only septuagenarian but I will be joined by Anwar and the PAS president, Hadi Awang in the next few months. So, why mention Anwar while omitting Hadi?
“Is it because Hadi has become a close pal and foremost apologist for Prime Minister Najib Razak, and is expected to defend Najib in all the financial scandals and abuses of power in the Najib administration?
“Has Khairy also forgotten octogenarian Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who turned 80 in April this year?” Lim said in a statement today, referring to the Umno veteran and Gua Musang MP who is more popularly known as Ku Li.
Yesterday, Khairy was reported as saying by Bernama that the three opposition politicians should retire from politics as they would continue to divide the people if they did not do so.
Speaking to the media after opening the Wangsa Maju Umno Wanita, Youth and Puteri delegates conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Rembau MP said Mahathir and Anwar, both former Umno leaders, were seen attempting to divide the Malays to achieve their own vested interests, while Lim, was trying to create a rift between the Malays and Chinese.
Lim, who is also Gelang Patah MP, accused Khairy of saying that Malays are narrow-minded, and that this Malay narrow-mindedness had caused the “divide” between the Malays and the Chinese.
“I am giving a chance for Khairy to explain what he meant by this charge.”
Lim then turned the tables on Khairy, mocking the latter for “his well known boast that he wanted to be Prime Minister of Malaysia before he is 40 years”.
“He has missed the boat. Past 41, Khairy seems to be stuck in the most junior ministry in the Cabinet.
“Khairy was not even the youngest youth and sports minister when he was first appointed in 2013, and he now joins his predecessors who helmed the ministry when they have ceased to be youths, defined as below 40 years old,” Lim said.
“Khairy should quit his portfolio and ask Najib to bring in a youth below 40 years old to be appointed as the new youth and sports minister, while he is moved to another portfolio.”
The DAP veteran than suggested Khairy deal with the questions raised by the Johor crown prince, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who had lamented on the state of the country in a commentary entitled “What’s happening to a country I used to respect? A country that I was once proud to call my home”, which many saw as a veiled attack at the youth and sports minister.
“Khairy should answer TMJ’s lament apart from giving elucidation to my query,” Lim said.