Challenging the Undoing of Nationalism

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin plans to undo the right wing-ness of UMNO and eventually bring the nationalist party into a liberal and middle path political party.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 11:44:22 AM

Khairy aims to make Umno Youth more centrist


PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin, who looks set to be returned unopposed as Umno Youth chief, will use his second term to cultivate a more centrist approach for the wing that has traditionally been a pressure group.

He said that being vocal in expressing right-wing sentiment in defending the interests of the party was no longer appropriate.

“I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to a more centrist wing that focuses on issues and their solutions,” Khairy said in an interview.

With nominations due on Saturday, Khairy has yet to be challenged in the post that he won in the 2009 polls, beating Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Khairy stressed that he would not compromise on the party’s core struggle to uphold the interests of Islam, the Malays and the country.

”We will still fight to empower the Malay community, protect the sanctity of Islam and defend this country, but the way we do this must be different,” he said.

One plan he has to re-orientate the wing is to set up a “finishing school” to groom potential young leaders who will be identified from the ranks of Umno Youth and Puteri Umno and from among new members still studying in universities.

The finishing school will expose the members to what Khairy calls “the new politics” and will train them on topics such as human rights, media relations and the social media.

“Whatever I can do to change the DNA of Umno Youth I will do in this last term and one way I want to do it is by rewriting our political education training module for use in the finishing school,” he said.

He added that both the Umno president and deputy president had agreed to the proposal to set up the finishing school which will be headed by supreme council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The 37-year-old Khairy admitted that his approach to politics has not gone down well with conservatives in the party who accuse him of being too liberal in his outlook.

“I get called all sorts of names, but I think this is the way forward. If I get a second term I will be 41 years old at the end of it, which is just the right age for me to leave Umno Youth.”

“What I want to do is make sure the changes I am making remain in place after I am gone.”

On the contest for the Umno Youth deputy chief post, Khairy said he supported all four candidates and would accept anyone whom the delegates chose to be his right hand man.


This is as if Khairy plans to take UMNO into a party that panders into popularism and liberal thinking and values. Eventually, what he has yet to say that one day he wants to see UMNO be liberal enough into accepting the values and principles that the Malays have stood against, like LGBT and apostasy.

That is politically dangerous, which is against what the nationalists who founding UMNO; ion the spirit of protecting the position and role of Islam, special Malay rights, values, traditions, heritage and culture and nationalism.

Undoing what the nationalist party stood for is the only way for anti-UMNO elements such as PKR and DAP could weaken UMNO and eventually wrestle power from the Malay majority. In general, the Malays are very conservative of values and principles especially when it is guided by Islam.

On the same note, Langkawi UMNO Youth member Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi offered himself to challenge Khairy Jamaluddin for UMNO Youth Chief post.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 6:55:00 PM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 9:26:23 PM

Umno Youth: Akhramsyah Sanusi to take on Khairy Jamaluddin


PETALING JAYA: Akhramsyah Sanusi (pix), the son of former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, says he intends to take on incumbent Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin in the upcoming party polls.

“I want to see the wing return to its era of glory where there was sincerity in struggle and unity in implementing the Malay agenda,” he told The Star Online.

He also said he was going against Khairy because so far, no one has come up to announce their candidacy.

“The grassroots have been asking if I am willing to contest the top post in the wing.

“After having intense discussions over the last two weeks, and after referring the matter to elders, I decided to throw my hat in the ring,” he said.

“I will be making an official announcement after a few other consultations,” he said.

Akhramsyah, who would be 40 next month, is a chemical engineer with a masters degree from the Imperial College of London.

Sanusi said although it would be a tough fight, Akhramsyah “has my full support.”

Akhramsyah is a member of the Bendang Baru Umno branch in the Langkawi Division, Kedah.


It is a herculean task to unseat an incumbent. Then again Akhramsyah is paving the way for others who are very protective in preserving the values and principles that the nationalist party stood for and by, to stand up and be counted in this round of party election.

Akhramsyah Sanusi in his MAYC shirt

He is a chemical engineer and currently serving Shell Malaysia as a senior manager. For the record, Akhramsyah who is a political analyst, socio-political blogger and Vice President of Blog House Malaysia stood for UMNO Exco post in the last party election. The He was unsuccessful.

Menteri Besar Kedah and Kedah UMNO Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir is expected to make an announcement on candidates from Kedah who would be standing up for posts in this party election, at 400pm on 18 September 2013 in Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar, Kedah.

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  1. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  2. Yes, do challenge Khairy Jamaludin, the sometimes strange talking young brat who previously declared publicly he wanted to be PM by 40. I personally don’t trust his leadership and judgement, I think the country will go to the dogs if he ever becomes PM.

    But Khairy has been found guilty of money politics, he has amassed a fortune during his paw-in-law Tun Dol’s Premiership. I suspect he’d use money politics again and I wonder if Akhramsyah will win. Nevertheless, Akhramsyah must try to unseat the long-time ignored UMNO Youth Chief who got appointed only a few months ago to a Ministry that is very limited in scope and functions.

    That Najib appointed him to look after mainly sports only shows the extent of trust the PM has on the current UMNO Youth Head. UMNO Youth voting members must be able to read into that and vote Akhramsyah.

  3. Haha..he wants to change the what? DNA of UMNO Youth? How? Through mutation? With what? And what will be the end result? A new specie? As what I understand, DNA is a code and contains genetic information which is hereditary. It can be replicated but can it be changed overnight because a speedy DNA change is bad news cause it’d mean a cancer has developed.

    KJ is pretty ambitious about an UMNO Youth ‘ DNA change’. And oh..he did mention turning it into a centrist. That’s the thing. Who needs a centrist political body or politicians because it’d mean sitting in the centre – duduk atas pagar and will chew hard on which direction to go. Left or right. At least a centre right or a centre left is more definitive. A centrist can never get things done because he is neither here nor there. A centrist will be confused whether he/ she is a liberal or a conservative, or moderate. This is bad news if UMNO youth is placed in a position of indecisiveness because its struggles will be mumbo jumbo running in all directions. The political orientation of UMNO Youth which is nationalist and conservative/ traditionalist is what makes it tick, makes it vibrant and engaging in its pursuit of UMNO ‘s struggles for the Malay political voice and power upon which socio-economic interests and power can be pursued meaningfully and rigorously.

  4. “I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to ……”

    If you don’t want to be Malay centric, then why are you in UMNO?

    “….Khairy stressed that he would not compromise on the party’s core struggle to uphold the interests of Islam, the Malays and the country…”

    Ahhh, like father out-law like son, FLIP-FLOP…

    If UMNO youth want to keep a “political convict”, a person stained with graft and money politic as their leader than, be prepared to be the opposition in GE14.

    By the way this sounds familiar. Where have I heard this kind of pandering; singing a different song to a different audience?
    hmmm…. and its 16 September too.

    • Is there any truth to the rumour that his father, a former Ambassador but transferred to a home service post as Ketua Setia Usaha of Kementerian Budaya & Sukan, died committing suicide?

      If so, was he a psychiatric case? If so, could that genetically affecting ailment have rubbed on the son?

      Am I considered spreading a rumour here, even though my interest is purely wanting to understand the man Khairy who did what no politician has done, like saying publicly that he wanted to be PM by 40?

      He was in England for years, surely he had seen the BBC comedy series poking fun at politicians, even saying that when a politician says not interested, he means he is damn interested.

      • The BBC comedy series “Yes, Minister” and its sequel “Yes, Prime Minister”, aired in UK for years, even in Malaysia for some time, years ago.

      • Being in England for many years does not makes a man wiser any less, any man/melayu could be and still be in England , like the former sailors who forms a community of melayu malaysians there. Do they ever come back and contribute intellectually .? Financially of course not but to support their mother land in terms of ideas.? Only heard of them during the ramaddan or hari raya, that is also courtesy of the malaysian media.They never reach out to us.! So Pathetic.
        So Khairy being in England is not such a big deal. Maybe pub hopping couple of pints or down the roads of SOHO, who knows.
        Do not think that whoever or whomever goes to overseas is bright, experienced socially maybe, street savvy.

  5. Someone who was born with a silver spoon will never understand the struggle of an everyday struggling person.

    But it takes money to make money. And money to make friends and supporters.

    This guy will never understand. He places himself on a higher ground than all of us thinking that he is way forward in his ideas and notions and we, the rest, are lacking.

    What he doesnt understand is, his struggles and values, will never match that of the struggling malays.

    And is saifuddin abdullah the former deputy minister? If so, the jibby is an ass for letting this all happen and not getting his hands dirty to correct this.

    His ambition to remain is the sole purpose he puts all these morons who can deliver him votes. Sad.

  6. Why dont YB KJ save himself the trouble of having to change UMNO? Just jump to PKR which is obviously more consistent with his liberal views. After all, he sounds very much like Anwar Ibrahim. Remember the former ABIM president who wanted to change (Islamise&Abimise) UMNO from inside?

  7. What madness is this? Changing the DNA of UMNO to be more liberal & centrist? Does this boy know what party he’s in? What mutant can assume the nationalist & conservative credentials of UMNO? Warts & all, UMNO on balance has been quite moderate in its struggle for bumiputera rights & aspirations. Because of UMNO, the country still retains some soul from its past heritage. Thats why i cant imagine living in Singapore, that soulless abomination of history!

  8. Changes UMNO DNA to Pak Lah DNA

  9. What we need right now is a team comprises of true nationalist with “AGENDA MELAYU/BUMIPUTERA” first to take on the incumbent.

    It is very difficult if not impossible for a sporadic, fragmented, “out of the circle” candidates to posed any meaningful challenges to the might of the established, deeply entrenched and networked incumbent. These aspiring candidates hardly has any power base to begin with, so unless they form a coalition of some sort I think their bids are doomed.

    This guy may be as useful as a tits on a bull or a chastity belt to PAS; but he sure is not an idiot. Look at what he just said:

    “…..On the contest for the Umno Youth deputy chief post, Khairy said he supported all four candidates…..”

    – If they stay true to that agenda, then they will have my support, and I believe many others.

  10. Do not strain our mental faculty over some idiots faults of promoting him. Being an office bearer in UMNO hierarchy does not guarantee a
    ministerial post. Only idiots think likewise. like the saying goes, respects needs to be earned so does trusts, with his associations with the kalis and the , shortcuts with the financial institutions, the so called bank accounts in singapore, his meddling of candidates determining the GE12, so whose faults.? He belongs to the failed legacy of the sleepy head, The office boy, who sends personally the passport of currently the Ketua Penipu.Stategi makan tuan, I’d say. What about the tingkat empat boys. yet still at it is. So why are harping at the wrong tree. I agree pemuda UMNO needs changes , starting yesterdays , not only that, why stop at that, the whole of UMNO needs fresh elections from the numero uno.

    • I like what you said. I support what you said.

      Najib has become a desperate man. Many shouts have come out to get him kicked out for bending backwards to the Chinese yet given the Chinese tsunami. So, he appointed The UMNO Youth Chief as Minister and his minions as bosses of huge GLCs like the fake Master’s degree holder Azeez at Tabung Haji. And Wanita Head Shahrizat as Adviser of Women Affairs at PM’s Dept although the Minister i/c of women affairs said Sharhrizat did not have anything to do with her Ministry. Hoping for these people to bring him the votes in case he is challenged at the party elections in October.

      Khairy is being challenged, Shahrizat, too, by the daughter of Sulaiman Palestine, who challenged Tun Hussein Onn years ago and Sulaiman got quite a significant number of votes despite being relatively a nonentity.

      So, who knows, now there are 150,000 voters, and many people have been disgusted at Najib’s so-called liberalism, now Khairy’s “uncentric” jingoism and Shahrizat’s “cowism”. Many people have been praising Muhyiddin’s “right steps” like making History compulsory in schools, more BM hours in his Education Blueprint etc. Whereas people have even doubted Najib’s sincerity in the Bumiputera economic empowerment he announced last Saturday.

      I’d like to see a last minute, say, Muhyiddin-Ahmad Zahid line up nominated by the delegates. With money politics and all, it would be tough to fight Najib, but the UMNO Presidency has not be unchallenged before – Sulaiman Palestine, Tengku Razaleigh who lost by only 43 votes …

  11. Biggie,

    This is the day PKR VP Nurul Izzah Anwar was initially planned to launch Welsh’s and Chin’s book which is based on the long interview with the Sleepy Head Al-Flip-Flop Hadhriah.

    Pls dont tell me Mr I-want-to-take-UMNO-into-the-centre is not involved a teenie weenie bit with any ‘advice’ for the interview and launch?

    If the book is any barometer to what dear son-in-law would is able to do, then its no more about “Taking UMNO into the centre”. It is dismantling UMNO entirely for the devour of people like Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng.

    It is more and more clear of the theory that this Black Monkey is in UMNO to make a pig’s swill and destroy within.

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