KJ hints at ‘political restart’ of career in Selangor govt

KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin, who was unceremoniously sacked by Umno 10 days ago, today admitted that he has engaged with “several parties” on a possible role in the Selangor government, including as menteri besar.

The former Umno Youth chief said he was interested in “restarting a political career” in Selangor and might contest in the upcoming state elections.

Khairy offered no denial when asked if he had been offered a candidacy as Selangor’s menteri besar.

“There is one immediate event on the horizon that interests me, which is the upcoming state elections, and Selangor’s in particular.

“There have been discussions with several parties and there are also discussions taking place about what role (in the Selangor government) that could be,” he said in a Concorde Club meeting here, today.

The Concorde Club meeting is a monthly informal gathering of senior editors who meet with political leaders and key policy makers.

Khairy, who was also a former health minister, said he felt it was a good opportunity to take up a leadership role in the state government, but said he would have to consider if he had the appetite to helm a state.

“I’ve had three terms in Parliament, and I’ve led three different ministries.

“Having state level experience will be a nice component to the existing skill sets that I have.

“It could help me better understand local governments, and the relationship between the state and federal governments.”

Prior to becoming health minister, Khairy was also science, technology and innovation minister, and also youth and sports minister.

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