Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ambitious Khairy Jamaluddin's Timely Maneuver

UMNO Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin (left) has no intention to waste time. 

He wants to strike while the iron is hot and so, yesterday, he issued a rallying call on Facebook and called on his comrades to join him in rebuilding the party from the ruins of defeat in the 14th general election. He said “big changes” are needed and immediately. 

I am thinking that Khairy is making the first move to position himself in order to prepare to take over UMNO’s mantle of leadership – if he can gather enough support, that is. 

It is a race against time because Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Hishammuddin Hussein, I’m certain, are also eyeing the top spot. 

Khairy’s public plea is loud and clear. The language used suggests that jaded leaders should exit the party and the young guns are to replace them.

Meaning Najib Razak cannot be in the picture anymore – he has become too much of a liability to the party. The GE14 results are proof of that. 

The UMNO Youth faction took the cue straightaway and suddenly, they found their voice.  And it was loud.

UMNO Youth exco member, Arman Azha Abu Hanifah, urged Najib to resign willingly, “so a transformation of UMNO can take place”. 

Kedah UMNO Youth chief Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin, according to the New Straits Times newspaper, even appealed directly to Najib to “do the honourable thing and step down from the post”. 

Terengganu UMNO’s Mohd Johari Abu Bakar agreed with his Kedah counterpart, saying Najib must make way for younger leaders. 

Penang UMNO Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim also wanted Najib to resign. 

The Federal Territories and Selangor UMNO Youth wings made similar calls, asking for Najib to relinquish his party position. 

And Berita Harian reported that Jelebu UMNO division chief Jalaluddin Alias had demanded the resignation of not just Najib but also Negri Sembilan UMNO chief Mohamad Hasan. 

It is only a matter of time. The die is cast.

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