PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin has rejected an offer by newly elected Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to be Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general.
In a tweet today, Khairy thanked Zahid, who beat him in the race for the Umno presidency, but said he did not want to hold any top-level party positions.
“I want to focus on my work as MP. Ready to offer my help and always with Umno,” the Rembau MP said on Twitter.
Zahid earlier today said he would offer a position to the former youth chief to help the party move forward.
Yesterday, in a series of tweets that was interrupted at one point after Argentina scored a goal against France in the World Cup, Khairy thanked Umno delegates for embracing democracy in the party.
He also claimed in a tweet today that the majority of Umno delegates wanted change but “warlords” had threatened them to support their choices.
He said the popular vote in the Umno election showed that most members wanted change but the electoral college system favoured the warlords.
“Many were ordered, threatened, and forced to support the choices of the warlords,” he said.
He said the actual tally of the votes showed that there was big support for him.
He said he received 32,592 votes from the delegates, against Zahid’s 39,197.
Khairy won in 61 divisions compared to Zahid’s 99 divisions. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah won in 30 divisions with over 20,000 votes.
There are 191 divisions in Umno across the country except for Sarawak. Some have many branches, while others have only a few.