Jan 8, 2008

Son-in-law says only father-in-law can comment on election date

The famous son-in-law says only his faher-in-law can comment on the coming election date.

KEPALA BATAS, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin says only the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has the absolute power and right to comment on the general election date.

"No need to ask politicians or ministers including the Election Commission chairman (Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman)... I don't understand why he (Abdul Rashid) said the election is around the corner," said Khairy who called for a stop to speculations on the election date by any quarters.

Khairy was responding to reporters' questions after he launched the "Happy Family, Cheerful Society" organised by the Yayasan Budi Penyayang here today.

Asked to comment on the election fever being felt in the country, Khairy said some groups have resorted to turn current issues such as cooking oil shortage and extra charges imposed by schools and parent-teacher associations into political issues.

"The temperature of the general election is very high to the point that whatever action taken by the government is considered to be for the benefit of the general election," he added.

YB Lim Kit Siang is not happy with such statement.
(Malaysiakini) Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s call on everyone to stop speculating on the general election date has ruffled Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.

“Who is Khairy Jamaluddin to tell everyone, including ministers, to stop speculating on when the general election would be held when he has not even been elected as a member of parliament?” asked Lim rhetorically in a statement.

Lim also asserted that although it was the prime minister’s prerogative to call for elections, it is the right of every Malaysian to speculate on its dates.

“Of course, everybody knows that he (Khairy) is the most powerful man in the country, presiding over the fourth storey of Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya and who controls and manipulates the Prime Minister's moves and decision-making.

“But such unaccountable and even unconstitutional exercise of power should not get to his head to make him publicly rebuke ministers for speculating when the next general election would be held...,” added Lim.

* YB LKS's Blog : Who is Khairy to tell everyone including Ministers to stop speculating on when the general election would be held?

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