The bigger man


Two whole days have passed by; so many still quiz amongst themselves “Who the hell is she?”. Despite her baseless scathing ambush towards Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir which was published by NST on the day after Hari Raya Haji and made so many perturbed, the smiley Menteri Besar Kedah demonstrated his kindness as reaction towards her.

18 October 2013| last updated at 12:24AM

Mukhriz takes veteran’s ‘advice’ in stride

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VICE-PRESIDENT CONTEST: He says he has the credentials after working his way up from bottom

PUTRAJAYA: DATUK Mukhriz Mahathir said yesterday he was not offended by Umno veteran Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid’s criticism on his decision to contest for the vice-president post.

Addressing Rahmah, 81, as “aunty”, Mukhriz said he respected her opinion about his candidature.

Rahmah, who is the mother of Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, had on Tuesday expressed disappointment at Mukhriz’s decision to contest.

Her remarks had become a hot topic of discussion in cyberspace, with many criticising her for not being fair to Mukhriz. However, the Kedah menteri besar insisted that he was not at all offended and accepted Rahmah’s perspective because he had known her well at a personal level.

“Well, I respect her for her opinion because I have known Aunty Rahmah for a long time.

“When I was studying in Japan for five years, she had helped me and hosted me at her home many times. So I have nothing but the upmost respect for her,” he said after holding a closed-door meeting with Selangor Umno delegates at a hotel near here yesterday.

Rahmah’s late husband, Datuk Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, was a diplomat.

Mukhriz, nonetheless, said he believed that contrary to Rahmah’s opinion, he did possess the credentials to be an Umno vice-president.

“I think I did go through the whole process as I started as deputy branch chief in Jitra, Kedah, and tried my best to win the Umno youth chief post in Kubang Pasu, which I lost.

“But then, I became an Umno Youth executive committee member with the highest votes before offering myself for the Youth chief position, which I also lost.”

Mukhriz, who is the youngest son of former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said his active participation in the party was only noticed in the past decade because his father had disallowed his children from being involved in the party while he was helming it.

“My brother Mokhzani and I found ourselves unable to work our way through the party ranks when our father was president of Umno. So, I guess it is not really my fault. But I accept her (Rahmah’s) criticism well and will try my best to improve from there on.”

Read more: Mukhriz takes veteran’s ‘advice’ in stride – General – New Straits Times


Rahmah Abdul Hamid clearly gave her views without having due thought through process  and proper referencing because Mukhriz in a short puff of breadth standing after the ‘Meet the Delegates’ event in Putrajaya yesterday, shot her points down gently and politely for the gross inaccuracy.

In August 2004, Mukhriz was voted as UMNO Youth Exco with the highest votes. As an UMNO Youth Exco, BN featured him as the candidate for PAS controlled Jerlun Parliamentary seat  in 8 March 2008 12GE and won, with an increased majority.

MM4VP vector

In March 2009, he lost his bid for UMNO Youth Chief post in a three cornered fight against then UMNO Youth Vice Chief Khairy Jamaluddin and former MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd. Khir Toyo. Despite failure to succeed in the contest, a few weeks later he was lined up as Deputy Minister of MITI in Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s first Cabinet.

In the recently concluded 13GE, again Mukhriz was put against another test when he opted to contest in the Air Hitam DUN seat where PAS won in the 12GE instead for a ‘sfaer seat’. This is despite the fact that Prime Minister Najib already sounded out to him that he is supposed to lead the BN charge in Kedah and if they succeed, he is the Prime Minister’s choice for the Menteri Besar.

UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir

UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir

Mukhriz lead a very successful campaign in Kedah. Not only BN wrested the Kedah State Government from PAS, BN Kedah’s contribution to the Dewan Rakyat increased by 150% from 4 in 12GE to 10 in 13GE. In reality, UMNO Kedah helped to strengthen UMNO’s standing when the State Liaison contributed 60% of the increased 10 UMNO seats in Dewan Rakyat.

Rahmah actually contradicted herself  when he was quoted by NST by saying  “Umno works religiously from ground to the top and if you have not spent time building the party or being a coolie, then you will not understand the sentiments of party members”.


The fact that it is her son Khairy Jamaluddin who did not work his way up through party vines. When Khairy was brought into UMNO Youth Education Bureau in 2000, he was given the leg up and made the secretary not because he qualified or had the relevant experience but he was then Special Officer to Deputy Prime Minister in Home Ministry.

When Khairy wanted to challenge for the UMNO Youth Vice Chief post in 2004, the powers that be then manipulated their way to ensure that high potential competitors such as then MT UMNO members Dato’ Azimi Daim and Dato’ Mohd. Norza last minute withdrew from the race.

Mukhriz in his own right and limited space, time and resources already proven himself to be a strategic leader and achieved way above average results. His stance, strategic plan and role in Prime Minister Najib’s ‘Transformation Agenda’ is also very clear.

It is time for the 146,500 UMNO delegates to decide. Probably it is worthy to consider Mukhriz for the strategic post of UMNO Vice President based on the principles and value system that he upholds, achievements and strategic plans. Lets not deny the fact that he is also very popular amongst the Non UMNO folks too. After all, they make up for the mandate which UMNO enjoyed since 1955.

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  1. Do stop the attack on Khairi’s mum. Its off putting even for Mukhriz supporters. He can hold his own. She’s entitled to her opinion after all.

    • Moody,

      So when KJ’s mom attacked Mukhriz, it was not offputting? I didn’t see you criticised his mom for that? Are you saying all of us who criticised his mom are noy entitled to our opinion? Et paribus.

    • Well if you are that opinionated, then it is fair that whatever that comes from your mouth will also be subjected to scrutiny and comments. Just because she is KJ’s mother does not mean she is immune. Play fair lah….in the first place she should not even butt into other people’s affair..KJ lefty a lot of shit around and please explain why he was free even after found guilty of unsavoury practices…….Remember Rahmah, people will not forget KJ’s trail and YOU should try to wash the shit from your son’s asshole

      • Some people say the mother has to be always watchful, promoting Khairy and putting down his enemies because he himself is erratic in his moods and not alert to situations all the time. Moody, not given any Government post as a Ketua Pemuda. He himself was quoted as saying there was a time he thought of giving up.

        If one considers what he has, and more especially what he has NOT, been doing the 4 years he was Ketua Pemuda previously, what those people say may have some truth.

      • But I think Rahmah’s comments to the press had helped Mukhriz a bit. It showed that the Empress Dowager (the “woman behind the throne”) sees Mukhriz as an important contender for the son Khairy in the run up to PMship in years to come.

        The son is a clear failure from the “wanna be PM by 40” thingy. See, the concern the mother has – the son is prone to making stupid statements as that. Mukhriz is not.

  2. Datuk Paduka Mukhriz is the best candidate for the Vice-Presidency of UMNO.

  3. He is my choice for next PM. Kindly vote for him.

  4. Let’s hope Berani Berubah can keep Semangat Setiakawan (cronyism) in check for a rejuvenated UMNO.

    Insyallah …


  6. Regardless of what Datuk Rahmah’s opinion on MM’s vying for the VP post , people already know that MM started at the lower rung of the party hierarchy and work his way up on merit. It was KJ who wielded much power when the FIL was PM, so the notion that working from the lower rank and serving the party first before aspiring to climb to a higher party post should be addressed to somebody else, not MM. In fact it is none of the business of Datuk Rahmah to tell what and how MM should navigate through his political career unless of course if there is already fear of seeing MM in a higher post than KJ.

  7. MM must win in order to strengthen and balance UMNO against the tide of liberal onslaughts from KJ and Najib who think liberalism is the only way to change UMNO. With Zahid and MM as VPs we can still hope for some semblance of sanity in UMNO. This party cannot fall under the control of liberals who will tear asunder the aspirations of the Malays. While the Malays are expected to share and be inclusive with all Malaysians, no demands have been made on nonMalays to share and be inclusive with the Malays. Hence UMNO leaders should not melatah wanting to be liberals but rather wear their strategic minds, hearts and brains to steer Malays into greater political and economic success – even dominance if that is possible. Only when Malays are strong and dominant can we afford to think about others. Being conservative is the only option for UMNO now. Liberalism will give a false sense of progress as it advocates a playing field free for anyone to enter – some entering on Mercedes and Beemers , others just on proton and using LRT.

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



    PETALING JAYA: As the Umno supreme council election looms closer, the political future of incumbent vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein looks to be in doubt as he is no longer seen as a grassroots favourite.

    Although the voting trend in last Saturday’s polls of the three wings indicated the incumbents having a higher chance in staying in power, this Saturday’s scenario could be different with indications of the grassroots throwing their weight behind a newcomer.

    “Hishammuddin is seen as a weak minister, especially when he held the home ministry portfolio,” said Selayang Barisan Nasional information chief Hasnal Rezua Merican when contacted by The Star Online.

    Hasnal Rezua described Hishammuddin as a “play it safe” leader in policy-making decisions and not a prompt problem-solver.

    “For example, he wasn’t firm in taking a stand against the Bersih protesters and those who broke the law, compared to the current Home Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi,” he said.

    He added that the candidates’ performance in Cabinet would be a key indicator in determining the votes from the grassroots.

    “Word from the ground tell me that they will likely retain two incumbents, Zahid, because he is vocal and opinionated and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, as he receives huge support from Sabah, his home state,” he said.

    And the most favoured candidate with the potential to unseat Hishammuddin, said Hasnal, is none other than the youngest candidate in the race, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

    “Mukhriz is seen as someone who is able to bring changes within Umno and he is capable in rejuvenating the party,” he said.

    The son of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “suits the delegates’ mood’, opines Hasnal.

    “Mukhriz is considered an ideal candidate among the youth because he is at the beginning of his political career unlike the rest,” said Hasnal.

    Sharing the same sentiments, Anuar Basiran from Sepang Umno division sees a change in the voting trend.

    “However, we would like to maintain some of the incumbents because we still need experienced leaders.

    “Unfortunately, Hishammuddin will not be on the list,” he said, also citing his “failure” as a home minister.

    “Unlike Zahid, Hishammuddin made no impact when he held a ministerial portfolio. He even failed to glamourise the Youth and Education ministry while he was in charge of them.

    “We need to give opportunities to those who are capable in performing,” he said, also referring to Mukhriz as a “new hero” among the grassroots.

    New-elected Puteri exco member Noor Aieza Hassan of the Bayan Baru division also cited Hishammuddin’s “weakness” in countering attacks made by the opposition.

    “He doesn’t seem to be very firm with the opposition. Zahid, on the other hand, is more vocal than him,” she said when contacted.

    Although many have voiced their support for a Zahid-Mukhriz-Shafie team, Noor Aieza said one should not underestimate the influence of former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Ali Rustam.

    “He is an old timer and he has been engaging with the grassroots for the longest time. He certainly has that personal touch,” she said.

    She said Mohd Ali’s background as a Community Development Department (Kemas) director would be an advantage as most grassroots could identify him with.

    “He is someone that does his job, is outspoken and doesn’t lose touch with the people at the bottom,” she said.

    Noor Aeina said personally, she would like to see the team of Zahid, Ali and Mukhriz to lead for the next term.

    “We, the grassroots, will support those who are close to the people and at the same time fight for the rights of the Malays. These three leaders certainly have them,” she said.

    – THE STAR

    • THEN THIS…

      Will there be a game change in the Umno vice-presidents’ contest now that Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin has thrown his new-found clout behind Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein?

      KHAIRY Jamaluddin was still flushed from his victory in the Umno Youth contest when he joined Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein at an event in Kuala Lumpur.

      Hishammuddin used to be Khairy’s boss in the party’s Youth wing but Khairy has become some sort of superstar after his spectacular win and the former boss is now turning to the former deputy for help.

      The Youth and Sports Minister had turned up at the event billed as Rangkaian Sahabat (network of friends) to lend a boost to Hishammuddin’s campaign for a second term as Umno vice-president.

      The word is that Khairy has thrown his weight behind Hishammuddin.

      He has reportedly sent out word to his boys on the ground to support the Defence Minister.

      Khairy made a spirited speech at the event, lauding Hishammuddin as a friend of the youth generation.

      He also reminded the audience of how, in the political turmoil of 1998, Hishammuddin had to take over a fragmented Youth wing.

      The then Youth chief, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, had been forced to step down while both the wing’s secretary and information chief had quit the party.

      He credited Hishammuddin, who was Umno Youth chief from 1998 to 2009, for keeping the wing intact and for steering it back to calm seas.

      This could very well be some sort of turning point for Hishammuddin, who has been struggling against all sorts of public perception about him.

      A minimum of five delegates from each Umno branch will be voting for the VPs and supreme council this Saturday.

      They will comprise the branch head, the Wanita, Youth and Puteri branch heads plus one delegate for every 50 members in the branch.

      In other words, delegates from the Youth wing will make up about 10% of the votes.

      Hishammuddin might just make it with support from Khairy and the Youth.

      “Before this, Mukhriz was seen as the one representing the young people among the VP candidates. With KJ supporting him, Hisham now has the youth lobby,” said an Umno Youth official.

      Khairy is playing a rather strategic game. It is no secret that he and Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir are bitter rivals. Their rivalry is complicated by the role that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad played in the premature exit of Khairy’s father-in-law Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

      It is not just about who moves up faster but it is also about settling old scores.

      Helping Hishammuddin will, in some ways, check Mukhriz’s advance in the VP contest.

      Some have claimed that the landslide wins by Khairy and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil are an indication that the Umno ground is moving in a conservative fashion and that they are not in the mood for change.

      They claimed that if this mood persists, the three VP incumbents will be retained.

      But according to publisher Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, Khairy and Shahrizat’s victories are less about the ground going with tradition than the fact that the challengers to the Youth and Wanita leaders were either lightweights or had little credibility.

      “It was more about people putting up a challenge for the sake of a contest,” said Kadir.

      The challengers were what many in Umno described as “sure lose” and Umno members are not into losers. They like to go with the winning horse.

      Kadir pointed out that a real contest would resemble the one in 2009 when Khairy was up against Mukhriz and Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo. That contest involved three big personalities with their own strengths and whom delegates felt were worth taking sides for.

      The VP contest, on the other hand, is not about three incumbents being challenged by three nobodies.

      The incumbents (Zahid, Hisham­muddin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal) as well as the challengers (Mukhriz, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad) are well-known personalities with their own track records and niche support.

      And that is why the incumbents are not taking anything for granted.

      They know that the Umno grassroots want to see them in the flesh, hear their voice, see them smile, touch their hand and have tea with them.

      The personal touch is very important. One campaigner said that when he went around on behalf of a minister, delegates asked why the minister had not come himself. They told the campaigner that so-and-so came the other day and hosted a gathering with dinner thrown in.

      The campaign rules are very strict but those with resources and creativity know how to get around it.

      Those with Cabinet positions have been hosting a string of programmes in the name of their portfolios but which are thinly-disguised events to touch base with the delegates.

      One of the VP incumbents has taken out so many full-page advertorials about his ministry’s projects and programmes that some are asking whether it is government money or his own money that is being poured into all those ads.

      – THE STAR

      Strategic move eh? Kotor tak kotor anak mummy Rahmah ni, sanggup buat apa sahaja – bukan untuk kebaikan UMNO tetapi semata-mata untuk cantas calon yang lebih baik dan mampu menahan plan kotor beliau.


  12. Khairy and his mother are both full of shit.

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  14. being quite agnostic to the the goings-on in umno, i find myself watching intently the tv interview of mukhriz.

    i originally thought the interview was going to be another typical umno talking-head thing, but i was quite wrong.

    i found him rational, humble, realistic and has vision. and respectful of his opponents. no rhetorics, no hype.

    he is a good man, and hope he wins, insyallah.


    orang-orang umno betul-betul nak perubahan ke?

    you know, a straight player like mukhriz may be too good for them and that’s the irony.

    if mukhriz is not voted in, i guess the writing is on the wall for pru14.

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