Before the KT elections, I wrote an article, titled choosing our Leaders. I divided the article into several parts. Parts One and Two were already posted. As the 3rd part contains some reference to Khairy Jamaludin( KJ), I decided to defer posting it. It was done to prevent people misconstruing it as an attempt to campaign for KJ. As the KT election was ongoing then, to do so would be doing it in bad taste. Unfortunately, there were aspirants to leadership posts doing just that during the KT elections. UMNO should kick out these fellows.
Remember, we promised ourselves never to refer to family background or ties in our judgement. We look at objective measurements.
This is where the analysis becomes interesting. Each candidate has his strong points. There’s no guarantee our judgement is value free. For example, if I were to list down KJ’s good points, I am sure; each will be met with a disapproving counter. That notwithstanding, I shall go ahead and ask.
What’s so objectionable about KJ then? It is not unobvious that I am rooting in for KJ for the simple reason; I am waiting for some arguments to prove me wrong. Until then, even for the fleeting reason of annoying those rooting in for either KT or MM, my bet remains with KJ.
Now let’s see.
The first objection is, Oh…. because KJ is so obnoxious, brash and a cocky bastard. My answer, what’s new about being young, with lots of money and feeling powerful among the UMNO young guns? Aren’t these a part of their constitution? Even the older jocks in UMNO such as Nazri Aziz, Ismail Sabri, JJ( don’t you know who I am? to a waitress. Saya menteri tau! ), other lesser known mortals behaving as though we owe them our loving are acting brash, obnoxious and cocky. What else is new? Jail all those young punks who are obnoxious? Then we have to set up a special Sungai Buloh for sons and daughters of ministers and UMNO bigwigs. Put Nazri Aziz’s son as ketua.
The non-KJs in UMNO are also behaving the same manner and these don’t have half of his brain. The fault (temporary) lies in being young. That soon will pass. Even KJ however mighty he feels will have to submit to the weight of sobriety.
But… he got rich by dubious means. You wail and gesture to ECM Libra, Air Asia, other deals here and there, anyone which you know that I don’t know. My counter, hey, what’s new in UMNO? All the UMNOniks got rich through the same way, leveraging on your power and inside knowledge. Didn’t all the UMNO ministers and others get rich this way? So what’s the beef with KJ IF he did get rich that-a-way? You would be an imbecile if you don’t leverage on your power. In that sense, I am an ignoramus. Having served as an ADUN for one term only and being physically proximate to the coming PM, I still lived in a rented house. Maybe the next time I meet any of these fellows, I will ask them to belanja me teh tarik or something. Only that my teh tarik will cost one unit of Puma helicopter or a percentage of a Scorpene submarine!
KJ and his band of 4th floor brats are exercising undue influence on cabinet members. They are interfering into the affairs of state. My answer, only because you allow them to do so. That’s because you have so many skeletons in your cupboards or you don’t have the mental wherewithal to stave off the intrusions. The option for these weak-kneed ministers and top government officials is to resign. Quit your jobs and go cry in the corner.
I say this: - UMNO is subjected to the law of diminishing returns; the addition of one additional irritant does not alter the character of UMNO. What is that? UMNO is already too rancid that the addition of one KJ (assuming he has all those qualities the anti-KJ say), DOES NOT alter the image of UMNO. So why oppose KJ when the rest of the UMNO body politic is already too rotten? I mean, lets not be sanctimonious. We would better off disqualifying all the whole gangbang and support KJ.
That aside, it is what KJ represents that I find attractive. I may not necessarily like him, but what he represents, I like. He represents the new order- young, brash, brainy and not bounded to the old style.
So, boys and girls, prove me wrong. Vote for Mukhriz brings you back to the old cycle. Vote for KJ breaks the cycle and open doors for all. KT? The ignoramus has got nothing to offer- just wait for his can of worms to open up by Khalid Ibrahim.
KJ represents to me, the change agent that UMNO seeks. The one who breaks up the leadership oligarchy hitherto confined to existing power holders. I have written about this in a previous article entitled the vicious cycle.
We also want a leader who can articulate his ideas and thoughts, not someone who drones boringly about what he is doing on a day to day basis. These kinds of leaders are a dime a dozen- in UMNO as well as the PR people. These drones are typified by ADUNs and parliamentarians, who report what they do on a day to day basis. These include giving out angpows to elderly, handing out bags of rice and food items, cuddling a baby, handing a cow for slaughter, reporting about a hari raya and New Year gathering. Hello boys and girls, you are not a Boy Scout troop leader or Girl Guide captain. We want to listen to your ideas. We are looking for your thought leadership.
We want them to present us their ideas on the burning issues of the day. Issues like Education, the state of our economy, race relations, party building etc. While the others seem evasive and playing politics with some of these issues, I see KJ brave enough to endure the accompanying brickbats to present and articulate leadership in thinking.
We seem to be so imprisoned with the idea of behaving the proper way in choosing the ketua pemuda. Such a behaviour rules out people whom we think do not conform to our personal preferences. Gentlemen, this is not a game of bagatelle. It cannot be so refined where a few gentlemen crowd around the billiard table playing it. It cannot be so controlled like this indoor game.