KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- In keeping with Umno culture that the party reigns supreme than the leader, Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin says he is prepared to quit his post if he is a liability to the movement.
Nevertheless, as a mark of respect to party members, he said, any decision on his position can only be decided by the movement's delegates as they were the ones who elected him.
"Only they can decide. Nobody can force a person to leave except those who elected the leader.
"Leaders carry out delegates' mandate. If the leader does not have the credibility or is a liability to an organisation, he cannot cling on to his post. He must realise this.
"So, I want to seek the views of Umno Youth members at the grassroots whether I've become a liability with all the speculations about me," he told reporters after opening the Cheras Umno Youth delegates conference Saturday.
"I want to see what is the sentiment at the grassroots on national and international issues, Umno Youth and myself so I can get a clear view," he said.
Asked to comment on talk that there are officers working on the fourth floor of the Prime Minister's Department who have the powers to influence government decisions, Khairy said the claim was an insult to the prime minister.
"To say they are advisers or officers who determine the country's future, this is a very big insult to the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi)," he said.
Khairy said the allegation was baseless as all government decisions were made by the prime minister with the nod of the cabinet.
"Based on the prime minister's explanation (on allegations), surely the fourth floor is more powerful than the fifth floor because the cabinet meeting room is on the fourth floor and the cabinet meeting room is more powerful than the prime minister's office because all the ministers are in the cabinet.
"If this is what is meant, then probably its right," he said.
Asked to comment on claims he has become a millionaire overnight as he could afford to buy ECM Libra Berhad shares, Khairy said: "I borrowed the money."
"Everything is loaned, not my own money. Luckily, there are people who want to give loan (to me). I took a loan from them (ECM Libra) who sold their shares to me."
Opening the Pengkalan Chepa Umno Youth delegates conference yesterday, Khairy said he would reply to all the allegations against him when he opens more than 30 Umno Youth delegates conferences nationwide.
He had said the allegations were too personal and being a man of integrity, the slanders must be explained immediately, particularly to party members.
Khairy, who is also the prime minister's son-in-law, denied yesterday that he had married the popular Malay actress Maya Karin.
REMBAU: The Umno Youth deputy chief yesterday likened the people who slandered him as "monkeys shaking the tree".
Khairy Jamaluddin said that despite answering allegations against him in Kelantan two days ago, some people were still not satisfied.
"They say: ‘If there is no wind, how can a tree sway’. It is difficult to answer, but sometimes, we can see tree branches moving without wind. Does it really happen or there’s a monkey shaking them."
He said he regretted having to answer trivial matters about his family at Umno meetings which should be the place to discuss national and global issues.
Khairy said that he had spoken to five Umno divisions about the various accusations levelled against him and felt that it was time to move on to more important matters.
He was speaking to reporters after the simultaneous opening of the Rembau Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri delegates conferences by Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
He said that as long as he was the number two in Umno Youth, he would continue to listen to views from the grassroots.
"What’s important is Umno Youth members. If they accept my explanation, it is good enough for me. Not that I want to satisfy those who accuse me," he said.
Since Friday, Khairy has denied a host of accusations, from marrying popular actress Maya Karin and his alleged role as the power behind the throne.
Meanwhile, Federal Territory Umno Youth called on irresponsible people who hurled allegations against Khairy to stop doing so immediately.
"The movement considers stinging attacks on Khairy as efforts to undermine Umno Youth," its head Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria said.
He said the FT Umno Youth supported Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Khairy as the most senior leaders in the movement and described them as "the country’s most important asset".