Khairy says not defending Rembau in GE15, giving way to Tok Mat

(Bernama) – Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will not be defending his Rembau seat in the 15th General Elections (GE15), saying that he has been asked to give way to Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan to contest the seat.

“Since he (Mohammad) is the Rembau Umno division leader and I am his deputy, he has requested that I find another place (to contest) as he wants to contest in Rembau. I have no objection,” Khairy told a media conference after closing the 2022 National Organ Donation Awareness Week here on Sunday (Sept 4).

When asked about the parliamentary seat he is eyeing to contest in GE15, Khairy, who has been the Rembau MP since 2008, said he had no preparation or idea to contest elsewhere.

“I have been in politics in Rembau for over 20 years and for almost 15 years I have been a Member of Parliament for Rembau. Now I have to look for a constituency that is willing to accept me. Worst case scenario, I don’t contest at all and I am fine,” he added.

Khairy, who is a former Umno Youth Chief, said that as a party member, he would abide by the decision of the Umno and Barisan Nasional leadership regarding his candidacy and seat to contest in GE15.