"That is the truth. I know. Sometimes he would ask Nori (Khairy's wife) 'where is our son?' because he was always on the move. As I said, he was working very hard, even his wife said so.
"He came back late at night because of campaign and I think he deserves it after working so hard for it," he said.
Abdullah said this in response to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's stinging criticisms on the issue.
In his latest blog posting Dr Mahathir said the real reason for his absence at the Umno Assembly was because "Umno Youth openly and directly endorsed corruption ... they chose a leader found guilty of using money and inducements in his bid to become Youth chief. Whether he was allowed to contest or not, it does not negate the fact that he is corrupt."
"The punishment meted on this person is inadequate and unfair because others found guilty of a similar offence were barred from contesting," Dr Mahathair said.
Dr Mahathir has his own views, Abdullah said, but the fact is that the election was done properly.
"(It was conducted) in accordance to the institution of the party and the procedures of the party election. What’s there to be raising all sorts of questions, creating and making people doubt the election and the party?" he told reporters at the Umno annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.
On Wednesday, Khairy defeated Dr Mahathir's son Mukhriz and former Selangor menteri besar Mohd Khir Toyo for the coveted post.
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