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Sakmongkol ak 47

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Questions to no where

The race for the leader of Pergerakan Ketua Pemuda, is between 3 people. They are Muhriz Mahathir, Khir Toyo and Khairi Jamaludin. The leading contender is Mukhriz Mahathir. He is the son of the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir. He is a graduate from America. He has a business in the manufacture of fibre optics located in Petaling Jaya.

Khir Toyo, the second leader In terms of nominations, is a former Menteri Besar of Selangor. He is trained as a dentist. He graduated from the University of Malaya.

Khairy Jamaluddin is the present Deputy Youth leader. He has some business interests which are not entirely clear. He has been accused of being the richest jobless graduate. He is a graduate from Oxford University.

Sakmongkol believes that all the three contestants have been interviewed. Either by television or by news papers. Through these interviews, we are able to size and measure the quality of the contestants to some extent.

The key word is, to some extent. We shouldn’t place too high a premium on these interviews. Most of the interviews seemed to be tailor made. The interviewer asked leading questions. Leading questions are designed to lead the interviewees giving answers that are dovetailed to fit nicely into pre arranged conclusions. A leading question is a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the examiner is looking for.

Experimental research by psychologists have established that trying to answer leading questions can create false memories in eyewitnesses. For example, participants in an experiment may all view the same videoclip of a car crash. Participants are assigned at random in one of two groups. The participants in the first group are asked "How fast was the car moving when it passed by the Stop sign?" The participants in the other group are asked a similar question that refers to no Stop sign. Later, the participants from the first group are more likely to remember seeing a Stop sign in the videoclip, even though there was no Stop sign present in the video. We get different answers just by introducing the element of a stop sign. Such findings have been replicated and raise serious questions about the validity of information elicited through leading questions during eyewitness testimony.

One of the contenders have asked for a forum where all contestants debate on certain issues. This idea has been shot down. Many people are against this idea. It included the present youth head. All in all, they say, the Pemuda is not ready for a debate style forum. More harm can be done than good. Unfortunately we are not told of what kind of harm.

So, because the idea of debates is not accepted and interviews are not conclusive, how can we assess the capabilities of our future leaders?

Sakmongkol would like the contestants write on one particular topic which the contestants think is relevant to the UMNO youth, UMNO and the nation today. From what a person writes, we can judge his thinking and clarity of thought process. Will the contestants take up the challenge?


Anonymous,  13 November 2008 at 08:57  

Tok Sak,

buat lah ujian acara ala iron man. berlari 30km, berbasikal 100km, berenang 10km, tangkap ayam kampung 2 ekor, memasak untuk satu majlis kahwin 1,000 orang, berjoget lambak, menyanyi, berkhasidah, mengaji dan akhir sekali bersyarah 2 jam bertajuk kekuatan dan ketahanan pemuda. siapa yang tamat dulu berucap dia akan di tabal pemenang ketua pemuda umno malaysia...


Anonymous,  13 November 2008 at 09:53  

I agree with what you said, debate, is the nearest proxy or toll for us to assess the candidate for their thinking ability, charisma, critical and analytical mind, emotional maturity etc.

I am sad that the debate motion is now a no-go matter. Nevertheless, at least we are now exposed to the readiness of the candidates to debate. Two said yes and lets do it and one said no, its not necessary.

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Anonymous,  13 November 2008 at 11:54  

Bang Sak,

I think the candidates should talk about:

1) track record in Pemuda UMNO
2) milestone achievements
3) contribution to country outside UMNO
4) vision, objective and mission


Anonymous,  13 November 2008 at 13:00  


If I am not mistaken Mukhriz graduated from Japan as the father then have been actively promoting Looking East back then. Mokhzani is the one graduated from UK & Mirzan from USofA.

I stand corrected. Mukhriz was my junior and dorm mate. Mokhzani my junior.

MRSM Kalae Chepo 66/73

sakmongkol AK47 aka Mat Tomoi 13 November 2008 at 14:38  

mrsm kalae chepo,
yes you r right- in my earlier posings i said he graduated from japan- but later some people from msm say he graduated from USA. Mirzan of course came from Wharton.

idzan ismail,  13 November 2008 at 14:53  

Dear Sak

No need debate. Waste of time and money. Might as well use it to buy votes. Right?
Everyone be it Umno proper or Umno youth know them well. So what's the
Yeap Mukhriz is Japanese grad. The pioneer of his dad's Look East Policy.

Ismail N 13 November 2008 at 18:24  

Dear Dato',

I still think that candidates should come up with their own vision and mission statements as suggested by DS Rais Yatim. That will not only help keep them focussed, but also can hold them accountable in case they ‘forget’ their promises to the members who voted for them. It’s time the candidates act more professionally and honestly. Then everybody will know whether the candidates really have a vision for the party or are merely power crazy. If they fail to live up to their vision and mission, simply don’t vote for them again next time.

Dengan izin:

straycat's strut 13 November 2008 at 21:19  

Dato' Sak (just ikut-ikut what they called u),

Its like trying to recruit someone. It does not matter whether it is a janitor or a CEO. The first two things that we should look at is Education(not applicable for Malaysian politicians)and Experience or Track record (experience in smuggling money pun boleh lah...)

Criminal records, history of cheatings, thuggery or corruptions is a no no. (BTW, I dont mean KJ in particular).

I would only be listening to their missions, visions, dreams, ambitions or what have u IF I have more than one candidate after the first test i.e education and track records. (But honestly, given a chance, I would really want to listen on how to be a millionaire by being unemployed. KT, Mukhriz, I am not interested in your stories, tq).

The point is, these guys already have records. Still need to hear bluffs? I would go and listen to Anwar for that.

Sorry Dato'...

Anonymous,  13 November 2008 at 22:51  

I love that idea but would the UMNO perwakilan actually read the contenders' articles? For fear of sounding condescending, I don't see the perwakilan being swayed by mere words on paper, unless the Agong's face is also on that paper! Who cares about what the rest of us think or want.

Mat Cendana 14 November 2008 at 01:08  

"Leading questions are designed to lead the interviewees giving answers that are dovetailed to fit nicely into pre arranged conclusions."

Oh, drat! Why did you have to reveal that for?!... that many of the `interviews' are actually stage-managed to lead the readers into deciding something about the person interviewed. And the reader would actually feel that "he's smart, sharp and savvy" - that's the beauty of these `interviews' HAHA!

BTW yet another excellent post Datuk Ariff. When it comes to my understanding of things, people like you, Kijangmas, Datuk Sam of Small Talk are the primary sources. But with Kijangmas, it'll takes WEEKS to digest one post; such is the content available in ONE post:-)

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