Friday, February 8, 2008

“A rumour is a rumour. Anytime can be appropriate when I decide”

PM refuses to speculate on Khairy’s candidacy

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister has refused to be drawn into speculations about candidates for the coming general election.

“I will not comment on candidacy for anyone at this time,” said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Abdullah said this after being asked to comment on reports that his son-in-law and Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin would be contesting the Rembau parliamentary seat.

On Wednesday, Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan stated that Khairy was among the five names nominated for the seat, currently held by Datuk Firdaus Muhammad Rom Harun.

Abdullah also refused to verify rumours that Parliament would be dissolved during the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations or that it would be held during the March school holidays.

“A rumour is a rumour. Anytime can be appropriate when I decide,” he said after attending the Gerakan Chinese New Year open house yesterday.

When asked to comment on claims by certain quarters that some Barisan Nasional politicians were using the Chinese New Year celebrations as a means to boost the election campaign, Abdullah had this to say:

“Have I been talking about the election? You (reporters) asked me. If you did not ask, I won’t reply to those questions.”