Khairy: Much to learn from KT defeat (via TMI)

KUANTAN, Jan 18 – Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the Kuala Terengganu by-election defeat should be looked at from various angles and not just the candidate.

The Rembau MP said all those involved in the process of the by-election should shoulder the responsibility for the defeat together and stop pointing fingers at others.

“In Umno and Barisan Nasional, be it difficult or otherwise, it must be a cohesive responsibility shared by everybody because many factors contributed to the Kuala Terengganu by-election defeat.

“To just say that the defeat was due to the candidate picked by BN, it would be an easy conclusion. If people blamed the candidate for the defeat and if that was the only factor, that our job will be much easier,” he told reporters here today.

“I view it as a very complex issue that must be overcome in the full context. What we have learned from the Kuala Terengganu defeat must be put to good use by starting comprehensive preparations early, study the current political scenario, review the campaigning and local issues.”

In the Kuala Terengganu by-election, BN failed to retain the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat when Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh lost to Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut of Pas by 2,631 votes while independent candidate Azharudin Mamat @ Adam polled 193 votes to lose his deposit.

“The loss was due to many factors and not just one, so we must accept all the views put forward and rectify the flaws. I feel it is better it happened now rather than during the general election as we can learn and try to make amends,” he said.

Khairy earlier visited and handed over Umno Youth’s donations to Normala Fauzi, the widow of Balok Pine (Indera Mahkota division) youth chief Zahari Baharom, who died of a heart attack last October. – Bernama