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Sunday, 26 October 2008

Who will be the next Ketua Pemuda?

Today, Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO bahagian Pekan will hold its mesyuarat perwakilan bahagian pemuda. The youth delegates in Pekan are focussed on two things:-

1. To elect their own ketua pemuda as the current one has passed the 40 year age limit.

2. And to nominate the contenders for the UMNO youth post a national levels.

Pekan is the seat of the current DPM and the incoming PM. To secure nomination from here is a victory of great strategic and psycholical value. It can be interpreted as an endorsement and support from the future PM.

When it comes to interpreting who Dato Najib wants, that’s a difficult one. His typical response will be, all these contenders are ‘his’ people in the sense that all are UMNO members. you will never get a clear indication from him. You cant get anything from his unflappable demeanour unless of course you bombard him with issues that rankle him- such as submarines, or sukhoi or Mongolia. Otherwise, the man is cool as a cucumber.

What must the delegates in Pekan and later, the UMNO youth delegates in PWTC in March 2009 consider? They must consider the most important thing. Dato Najib’s comfort level with the contenders.

In the end, all other objective considerations are thrown out. Take intelligence for example. Khairi is a an Oxon graduate where he read PPE. Mukhriz is a graduate from Japan. Khir Toyo is a dentistry graduate. Realy there’s nothing to differentiate in terms of brain quality.

Sakmongkol has purposely written KJ’s degree as being an Oxon product to reject all those pretenders telling all and sundry, they have degrees from Oxford or Cambridge universities. If you graduate from these institutions, your degree will never mention University of Cambridge et etc. There’s a joker in Pekan, who styles himself as a PhD but with and MBA written on his card. How low can you be?

Who is Najib comfortable with? Sakmongkol tells you from his personal observation. On a ranking of 1 to 3, where 3 is the highest, the ranking would be as follows:-

Mukhriz Mahathir 3

Khir Toyo 2

Khairy Jamaluddin 1

Sakmongkol has no beef with any of these contenders. KJ is a brain-box anytime better than the current UMNO youth head. Mukhriz is a refined fellow not politically brutal like the father. He is the Malaysian Hsien Loong to Singapore’s combative and politically thuggish LKY. Mukhriz is a Mahathir with a humane face. Khir Toyo represents the common man, making good. From humble beginnings to sky high achievements. They are all good.

But Mukhriz has certain advantages that the others don’t have. It will be important for people in Pekan and later, the country to allow Najib to secure the most important political legitimacy and endorsement-from the Malaysian François Leclerc du Tremblay (1577-1638 otherwise known to us as L’eminence grise of Malaysian politics. The larger than life Tun Mahathir.

That and Najib’s comfort level will secure Mukhriz the Pekan nomination and victory at national levels.


pokpet 26 October 2008 at 11:41  

tun dr mahathir once said, ".. that is typical of najib ..."

Zawi 26 October 2008 at 11:52  

Mukhriz has been exposed to all the venoms directed to his father. He should learn enough from that to be a better leader. As to the candidate from Oxon, let him learn some humilty by apprenticing under others without the use of the 2 in steel cable that he had been hanging to his father in law.

Anonymous,  26 October 2008 at 12:11  

"Mukhriz is a Mahathir with a humane face."

That's a good one.
But Mukhriz refined but perception mine is erm, softie ler.

Anyway Youth Chief not a problem but NAJIB AS PM is the real bomb.

Me thinks that will be real sinker for UMNO. Voters are getting younger, they dun know Ku Li, remember the 60s, appreciate the jasa of Barisan so much.

They do read MToday, think ISA is draconian and know about Altantuya.

Anonymous,  26 October 2008 at 12:13  

I still think Khir is the sharpest mind among all 'cos of his baptism in fire by climbing up the ranks.
But UMNO has to survive.
It's slowly losing Selangor for good and may not hold on to federal with Najib as PM as much the diehards, those who get $$$ to vote him, think of him....These ppl are getting OLD

Omong 26 October 2008 at 14:01  

i don't think you want a brainbox with questionable integrity

Mukhriz did not quit UMNO to follow Tun Dr M, so that goes to his credit

Khir lost Selangor but he has the man in the street experience

so anyone except the smooth talker

zorro 26 October 2008 at 14:44  

Khir Toyo, common man, making good?He is clean? Zak's mansion. The Selangor councillors complex. He lost the prestigious state of Selangor! He was responsible for the arrest of Teresa Kok. Good? Semua nya ok?

Mukhriz anytime!He did not ask to be the son of Mahatir, so nobody can fault him for that.

KJ, still a puppy.Notice how a mature dog and a puppy pee.

Elviza Michele Kamal 27 October 2008 at 00:21  


Is this my first comment here? :-)

While Mukriz and Khairy represent the proxy fight, Khir is a dark knight one must not ignore.

Despite his many shortcomings - from temple demolition issue right up to money spent by Balkis - Khir has what it takes to be a grassroots politician.

The fact that he is not a political pedigree could fish few sympathy votes in his favour - my 2cents lah.

Selamat Malam

A Tabib 27 October 2008 at 07:11  

Hmm...let's see. I like to judge the candidates by their biggest achievement to date and Personal Credibility Index (PCI, 0=min, 1=max).

Khir Toyo - achievement: losing Selangor, PCI 0.4

KJ - achievement: marrying the PM's daughter, PCI 0.35

Mukhriz - achievement: winning in PAS-friendly jerlun, PCI 0.7

Looks like it's Mukhriz for me.

Col Roseli 27 October 2008 at 09:37  

Of course DS Najib would like to have someone who's friendly to him that would say less of him. But that would defeat the purpose for having Pemuda. Pemuda is supposedly to be a pressure group to provide the check and balance so that DS Najib, while under pressure from other quarters who would be asking everything under the sun, would still be able to defend and protect the Malay interests.

In this sense, Khairy would do the job better.

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