Bloggers Vs KJ, round 2

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Generally, bloggers be it pro-UMNO or pro-PR are incurably ‘allergic’ to Khairy Jamaluddin. The highly controversial Rembau MP and Pemuda UMNO Vice Head managed to ‘wiggle’ his way as an UMNO Vice-President-stature Pemuda UMNO Head on 25 March 2009, despite the Disciplinary Board’s findings that he was involved in ‘money politics’ created much controversy. At that time, father-in-law PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was still the Sixth UMNO President.

Controversy was something very synonymous with the name ‘KJ’. For the past four years, KJ has been the talk of town with regards to highly explosive issues. One of the commenters posted this:

“The acid test is simple:

Ask people on the street about a person called ‘Khairy Jamaluddin’. And what answer would you get?

1. Corruption
2. Maya Karin
3. ECM Libra scandal
4. MyTeam (trampling the national team wearing the Jalur Gemilang in 2006)
5. Airline rationalisation plan which saw MAS surrendering most of the domestic routes to AirAsia and MAS Rural Air Service but later MAS is forced to take RAS back and has to repackaged it as ‘MAS Wings’, at extra cost
6. Labu LCCT
7. Racism – The call that Chinese is taking the opportunity when TDM started atttacks against Sleepyhead Pak Lah
8. ‘Beruk concang pokok’ – hence the nickname Beruk Hitam
9. The storming of KLCC Convention Ctr when US Sec of State Condoleeza Rice was having a meeting
10. Pemuda Umno unruly behaviour during the Ijok by-elections

and much more…..”

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The common people on the street would have all that to say when the ‘name KJ’ is mentioned.

Needless to mention, some inwards-looking quarters within Pemuda UMNO strongly believed that their leader should be invited into the Federal Government under Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s adminsitration, at least as a Cabinet Minister. Their arguments are:

1. The Pemuda UMNO Head is a Vice President stature. Other wings such as Wanita UMNO’s and Puteri UMNO’s Heads are Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister respectively

2. Even the Pemuda UMNO Vice Head Dato’ Razali Ibrahim is a Deputy Minister in PM Najib’s administration. Historically, Pemuda UMNO Vice Head has been made a Cabinet Minister before. In 1986 after winning Pekan parliamentary seat, then Pemuda UMNO Vice Head Dato’ Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was made Minister of Youth and Sports by then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

3. Wanita MCA, Wanita Gerakan and Pemuda MCA Heads are all Deputy Ministers in PM Najib’s adminsitration

The ‘isolation and exclusion’ of Khairy from being appointed into PM Najib’s administration must have really hurt KJ’s die-hard supporters’ within  Pemuda UMNO ego. Being excluded at the very least also could have affected the moral and political resolve of Pemuda UMNO, who were deemed to be UMNO’s ‘fighting arm’. Then again, Pemuda UMNO should be reminded that Khairy’s ascension into the Vice-President -stature of UMNO is not by grassroots’ choice (as Khairy did not get the most nominations from UMNO Divisions all over the country) but the decision of the 304 Pemuda delegates. Pemuda UMNO now is bearing the ‘sins’ of these 304 delegates, who failed to realise the aspirations and sesitivities of the Pemuda UMNO grassroot a large.

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Regardless, the ‘pressure’ is mounting for the Leadership to bring in Khairy at least as a Deputy Minister. The attempt to ‘pressure’ the Leadership is very consistent. The most glaring was during the recently concluded UMNO AGM where Pemuda UMNO Information Chief Dato’ Reezal Merican (0ne time PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s Political Secretary in Ministry of Finance) raised it formally during the Pemuda UMNO AGM. However there is a strong debate within UMNO on Khairy being pushed forward.

Coupled with the ‘diminishing resentment’ against Khairy at UMNO’s meeting nowadays (as compared to when he first ascended to the Pemuda UMNO Head position and UMNO main body delegates ‘boo’ed when his name was announced), Pemuda UMNO is gaining new ‘wind’ as some of them perceived that their Boss has been ‘accepted’ by UMNO at large.

When the rumour about Khairy was raised in Utusan Malaysia recently, we here at BigDogDotCom decided to take the debate on why Khairy should not be appointed into PM Najib’s administration in any capacity. It attracted so much attention and the debate was stiff. The emotions of so many commenters is reflective of their vehement rejection on Khairy’s appointment, even though it was just a rumour. The debate spurred a mini blog-war, since mainstream media systematically ‘excluded and isolated’ Khairy and even prefer to focus on Pemuda UMNO and Pemuda BN Vice Head Dato’ Razali Ibrahim for comments and statements. So much so, even new media thought to be linked to former NST strongman Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan via Brenden Perreira is compelled to take the argument further.

Malaysian Insider’s story:

Bloggers vs KJ, round 2

 

Khairy is under attack again by bloggers. — File pic

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Online attacks against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, which tapered off with the departure of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, have been reignited by speculation that the Rembau MP will be made a deputy minister.

Bloggers campaigning against Khairy alleged that the Umno Youth leaders retreat held in Janda Baik last week had failed to attract a significant number of participants, to prove their point that the son-in-law of the fifth prime minister should not be promoted to the front bench.

“We are confident that PM Najib who is focusing on stabilising the economy and development will not make the strategic mistake or take a big risk by bringing Khairy Jamaluddin into his administration,” said a posting in a pro-Mahathir blog, BigDogDotCom.

The blog also alleged that Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi had openly supported Khairy to be made a minister at the Umno Youth retreat.

It also gave reasons why Khairy should not be made deputy minister, among which is appeasing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Many are of the opinion that if the appointment comes true, Tun Dr Mahathir will start attacking PM Najib, like how PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah was attacked for three years,” said the blog.

Debate on the matter has also started in a pro-Umno Facebook group, Kelab Penyokong Umno, with some participants even threatening to leave the Malay party if Khairy is brought into the Najib administration.

Speculation on Khairy’s appointment started with the resignation of Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib last week.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also did not rule out the possibility of a reshuffling of deputy ministers.

Khairy has refused to comment on the speculation.

During the Abdullah administration, Khairy has been accused of influencing government decisions, with most of the attacks originating from cyberspace.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also accused Khairy of attending government meetings when he was Umno Youth deputy chief.

But the attacks against the Rembau MP tapered off after he won the Umno Youth chief post and Abdullah’s retirement.

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The attention  and debate created only proves the point that Khairy and his people are in dire desparation to deploy counter-attack against this strong opposition being brought into the cybersphere on the strong rumours based on the consistent effort to make the most controversial Pemuda UMNO Head in history a Deputy Minister. It is also a PR attmpt to gauge feeling of Malaysians, particularly  in cybersphere.

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It was the blogs which mounted scathing attacks against the weakness and abuses PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s administration, all way back since 2005. Oneof the ealier ones is the aquisition of a brand new Airbus ACJ319  exective jet at the cost of almost  RM 200 million. Even pro-UMNO portals such as MyKMU.net intensified attacks against one time ‘asprired’ Leader whom the country had so much hope of his ‘Mr Clean and son-of-Ulama’ image, whom also so many believed was ‘corrupted’ by the greed of his family members namely son Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah and son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin. Even the way how Federal Government ‘plan and decide’ function was taken over and to a point ‘controlled’  by the much talked about Khairy’s creation of ‘Level Four Boys’.

Bloggers managed to create the strong awareness on the weakness and abuses of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s adminsitration especially amongst the professionals, educated and urbanites that adversely affected that the support for BN and changed the Malaysian political landscape. Even traditional BN supporters changed their voting pattern habit, within just one electoral term. BN saw the record-breaking erosion feat from the thunderous and thumping ‘Feel Good Factor’ landslide win of 11th General Elections in March 2004 to the worst ever in 12th General Elections 8 March 2008 where BN  unprecendentedly lost 5 + 1 states and the traditional and psychological 2/3 majority.

If bloggers could indirectly contribute so much for PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s premature departure (Remember: “I am not a one term Prime Minister”?), then we could do this again, anytime. Not too long ago, bloggers managed to attract the attention of Khairy’s former media co-ordinator Rashid Yusuf from being appointed as DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin’s Press Officer.

To under estimate the resilience and resolve of bloggers via the ‘new media’ was a costly mistake in the PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s camp. Now that PM Najib has denied speculations of a Cabinet reshuffle soon and Khairy himself not admitting on the rumour that he would be made a Deputy Minister anytime soon, does not mean bloggers woud ease of.

As Sherlock Holmes would have said it, “The game’s afoot”.

Published in: on December 13, 2009 at 20:51  Comments (125)