MALACCA: Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin, who was not included in the new Cabinet line-up announced by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday, expressed his readiness to assist the Prime Minister although he is outside the Government.
The Rembau MP said that holding a position in the Cabinet was not important to him, especially in view of the heavy responsibility that he has to shoulder as head of the Youth wing.
“As Umno Youth head, I am ready to assist the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib), whether within or outside the Government, and I feel the post is not important,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam at Seri Bendahara here.
The exclusion of the Umno Youth head from the Cabinet is nothing new because Suhaimi Kamaruddin (1978-1982) and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (1996-1998) were among the movementâ€™s heads who were not appointed ministers previously.
Meanwhile, Umno Youth No. 2 Datuk Razali Ibrahim, who was appointed Deputy Youth and Sports Minister described his appointment as a recognition of the younger generationâ€™s leadership.
Source : The Star