KUALA LUMPUR: More than a week after being sacked by Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin says he has received many offers from various parties to make a political comeback.
Khairy also did not deny speculation that he could return as mentri besar of Selangor after the state polls.
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“There are discussions with several parties and there are also discussions taking place on what that role would be,” said Khairy on Monday (Feb 6) when asked if he was offered the Selangor mentri besar post by political parties.
Khairy also said he was interested in contesting in the upcoming Selangor state polls if he decides on making a political comeback after being sacked by Umno on Jan 28.
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“But, if I do decide to sit out the state polls, then I would have more time to decide which political platform I choose as my next chapter in my political journey
“If I want to participate in the state polls, I have to decide in the next few months which way I will go,” Khairy told senior journalists during the Concorde Club meeting on Monday.
The Concorde Club is an informal group of editors and senior journalists meeting with politicians and key policy makers.
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Khairy also said state experience would complement his current skill set, as he had experience as a former three-term Rembau MP and led three different ministries.
“It (state experience) would help me understand local government, as well as the relationship between the federal and state government.
“So, I do feel it’s a good opportunity. But then, I have to weigh whether I have the appetite to jump back,” said Khairy.
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Khairy also said he has no plans on forming a new party in Malaysia.
“The market is a bit saturated and I see there might not be space for a new party in Malaysia.
“Though it’s an option, it’s unlikely (that I will form a new party,” said Khairy.
Last Friday (Jan 27), the Umno supreme council sacked Khairy and former supreme council member Tan Sri Noh Omar.
Among the members suspended for six years were former party information chief Shahril Hamdan, Hishammuddin, former youth exco member Datuk Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya, former Johor state exco member Datuk Maulizan Bujang and former Jempol MP Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Mohd Shariff.
Action was taken against these Umno leaders because they were deemed to have criticised the party president and worked with opposition parties in the 15th General Election.