Khairy and Hishammuddin not agreeing on the kerisPosted: April 20, 2008
Okay… Long story made short. Khairy said one day that the keris-wielding issue was one of the reasons why the Barisan Nasional lost so badly in the last general elections. He didn’t say it was the MAIN issue, which it wasn’t anyway, but just one of the reasons, which is close enough to the truth.
This was reported on Malaysiakini.
This keris-wielding issue, of course, was mainly to do with Hishammuddin. He was, after all, the main culprit.
And then the next day, Hishammuddin, the main culprit of this whole issue, says that the keris-wielding issue is in fact NOT an issue at all. He says that it is NOT one of the reasons why the BN lost so badly in the GE2008.
Well, this is all good. After all, politicians can still disagree with each other.
But here’s the catch. Hishammuddin said that Khairy COULD NOT have said what Malaysiakini claimed him to said. To quote Hishammuddin’s exact words, “Tak mungkin naib ketua saya boleh menyatakan sedemikian kerana dia sentiasa ada bersama-sama dengan saya”. Read it here.
So now, not only is Hishammuddin not agreeing with his deputy on the keris issue, he’s denying that Khairy would have said that in the first place!
It’s either UMNO is having a really serious case of communication breakdown, or Hishammuddin is just in a state of absolute denial. Either way, it’s not looking too good.
The next step for the reporters would probably be to go back to Khairy, and get his statement of what Hishammuddin said. Perhaps Khairy can also deny that he said anything like that, hence making a fool of himself. Or he could repeat himself and say that he DID in fact admit to the keris-wielding issue to be a cause of the lost, and make a total fool out of Hishammuddin. Again, it’s not looking too good either way.
Point of interest: The Star Online, NST and Bernama (all online versions) did not have anything reported on this case, as if it never happened. I have so far only been able to read about it through blogs (here and here) and Malaysiakini. Wonder why.