The issue of KJ.
KJ won his post as Ketua Pemuda, one year ago. He won it fair and square. Fair and square in UMNO terms that is.
He was found to have transgressed some UMNO election rules. He was given a warning about that.
Who is to blame if that was the kind of punishment he got? The UMNO Disciplinary Committee. All criticisms must therefore be directed at the dispenser of UMNO justice not the recipient of that punishment. Since the Committee forms part and parcel of UMNO, by extension, blame it on UMNO and its entire leadership. Blame it on the head of the disciplinary board who I think, at that time was the DPM. The DPM then was our present PM and therefore, also by extended reasoning he is also partly to blame that KJ got away with a less than desired form of punishment.
The desired form of punishment is one desired by people outside UMNO- the bloggers who may not be UMNO members and those who don't know how UMNO operates and thinks. So their noises can be ignored.
We are fed up of this adoption of sanctimonious and pious attitude when it comes to KJ. If we want to be puritan, then the entire UMNO Supreme council is tainted. The whole bunch of office bearers must be punished and removed.
Since then we have had 10 by elections. At every one of these by elections, the Ketua Pemuda has played a very prominent role galvanizing the votes of the younger generation. People may dispute the role of Ketua Pemuda since in any by elections; the director of operations is always his deputy. That is an arrangement by convention as the deputy president of UMNO is always the director of elections operations. Those noisy bloggers may not know this.
So if we bullshit away the role of the Ketua Pemuda, we must also bullshit away the role and presence of the UMNO president. We may as well say, in the Hulu Selangor by elections recently, it was the DPM who is also the UMNO deputy President who was instrumental in winning the by elections. Acceptable? We don't accept because we know the presence of the UMNO president swayed the preference of fence sitters and contributed to BN's victory. Also many in UMNO don't like the way Muhyidin looks even though that's not his fault.
In all the by elections, the Pemuda has been in the forefront. Its Pentas Pemuda has become a permanent feature and a decisive opinion shaper too. Its members work the ground- house to house making strenuous efforts to win voters. The person responsible for energizing the Pemuda elections machinery and eliciting renewed acceptance of Pemuda UMNO is its ketua Pemuda- Khairy Jamaluddin. He has the smarts and personality to draw the younger generation.
The UMNO president must be mindful of the fact that the deciding elements in future elections are the younger voters. He might as well leverage on his own asset that can galvanize and win over the younger generation votes. He has 2 choices- to elevate and honor the position of Ketua Pemuda or place other bland characters as the voice of the young.
No one wants to listen to Ahmad Maslan for example who likes to regal audience of the circumstances the PM identified him and developed him into what he is today. No one wants to listen to his self worth exposition of how he is blissfully thankful to God for being the chosen one.
No one wants to listen to the son of a former premier who is a very very junior UMNO member after forsaking his earlier membership. Hey- it's only now I realize that Ibrahim Ali isn't the king of Katak- that honor is deservedly reserved for another person. It is a mark of his respect for UMNO when in HUlu Selangor he chose to speak on Ibrahim Ali's platform. UMNO peole dont want to think about this rebuff.
Let's face it- KJ has a charismatic personality, articulate and very smart vs. the other fellow- yes the fellow who lost but made a deputy minister who has a personality matching that of a wooden lamppost.
It's a great anomaly to see the ketua Pemuda of UMNO outside the cabinet or hasn't got any government appointment. The head of Puteri has a post, the ketua wanita MCA, the ketua pemuda MCA have positions. The KP of UMNO- the backbone of UMNO doesn't? All previous KP of UMNO were given positions.
The PM doesn't have to be all things to all people. He doesn't have to please a very junior UMNO member who joined UMNO only in April last year. By the way, has that application to become UMNO member been endorsed?Like Dato Zahid Hamidi, I urged the PM to induct the UMNO ketua Pemuda into his cabinet. Think of the future.