‘Level Four’ legacy lives on in DPM’s office

It seems that newly elected UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s tentacles in the Prime Minister’s Department is still very much strong and far reaching. His strategic adviser and close confidante Rashid Yusof has been appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Mohd. Yasin’s Press Secretary.

This surprise appointment is something everyone should be wary about. Even though the appointment was on recommendations of Perak MB Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, many are skeptical of Rashid’s professionalism in handling the media affairs of the DPM. Till present, Rashid has been said to be very defensive when attacks were made on Khairy.

Much to majority’s relieve, the Rembau MP was omitted from the Cabinet list announced 9 April 2009. Despite winning the UMNO Youth Chief post equivalent of an UMNO Vice President, it clearly shows that Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was vehemently not in favour of the ‘founder’ and ‘controller’ of the ‘Level Four Boys’. These highly ambitious young men were very good of manipulating mainstream media to spin stories, something which too many educated and ICT-politically savvy Malaysians loathe.

It was said Dr Zambry’s intentions were the “bridge the gap” between Khairy and the UMNO President, who has been seen not earning any shred of favours with Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Rashid was quoted to have said “I will do my level best to recucicate KJ back into Najib’s favour, through Muhyiddin’s office”. 

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad specifically warned about Dato’ Seri Najib having his own ‘Level Four Boys’. Now, it is clear that the legacy of the dreaded ‘invisible hand’ lives on, even in a slightly different form.

Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 00:11  Comments (14)