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
BY NIK MAZWIN NIK ANIS AND RAZAK AHMAD
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.
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.