15 May '18, 12am

'Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem': UMNO youth chief Khairy on BN's defeat

KUALA LUMPUR: “What happened was we became delusional; we got drunk on our own Kool-Aid and we got carried away,” United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said. Speaking to Channel NewsAsia from his office on the 28th floor of the UMNO building in Putra World Trade Centre, the 42-year-old looked remorseful when asked what the party could have possibly done to avoid the May 9 bloodbath that saw the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lose federal power for the first time since the country’s independence more than six decades ago. Advertisement "We didn’t want to bell the cat. Nobody, after Muhyiddin was purged, after Shafie was purged … Nobody wanted to acknowledge we have a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part." A MISTAKE OF A LIFETIME Khairy said he wished that he had told the party leader that the grassroots had rejected U...

Full article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/khairy-umno-ge1...

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