‘My deputy must prove his met­tle’

> Khairul Azwan needs ‘to fight it out’ with oth­ers vy­ing for top post, says Khairy


KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth Chief Khairy Ja­malud­din has iden­ti­fied his deputy as his po­ten­tial suc­ces­sor.

How­ever, he said that Khairul Azwan Harun will still need to prove his met­tle against other po­ten­tial can­di­dates.

“I have suc­ceeded in train­ing a few ca­pa­ble (suc­ces­sors) to take over from me.

“How­ever, it is up to the del­e­gates and Umno Youth to de­cide. Of course, I think my deputy is one who is most fit to suc­ceed me,” he said in a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day after chair­ing a meet­ing with the Umno Overseas’ Club mem­bers.

He also re­vealed that Khairul Azwan has been re­minded “to fight it out” with oth­ers who are gar­ner­ing for the wing’s top post.

“I had to fight out with Mukhriz (Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir) and Khir Toyo (for­mer Se­lan­gor men­tri be­sar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo).

“I had to fight it the se­cond time. I didn’t get it on a sil­ver plat­ter. It’ll be the same for him – he’ll have to fight it out and I’ve done my best to train him.

“I hope he can suc­ceed me,” the youth and sports min­is­ter added.

He was re­spond­ing to a query if he had any can­di­dates in mind for the post.

Khairy will no longer be el­i­gi­ble to hold the post as he will pass the age of el­i­gi­bil­ity to be Youth chief when the next gen­eral as­sem­bly is held.


Ob­servers cheer­ing while Umno Pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak gives his speech, dur­ing the Umno Gen­eral As­sem­bly at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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