It is common knowledge these days that Khairy Jamaluddin’s most notorious enemies are not outside the party, but rather are made up of individuals within the party.
The Party President who seems hell bent on gaining support back for UMNO is being sabotaged by these individuals on many fronts, individuals whose only interest is to replace KJ with their candidate of choice as Ketua Pemuda, they are equally hell bent on dogging KJ everywhere he goes and making sure that he fails in bringing back support for UMNO and the Barisan Nasional, adding to Datuk Seri Najib’s growing headaches.
These self-absorbed critics fail to realize that the reality is that their candidates are not those of the younger generation who want too see a new breed of leaders who provide stewardship rather than those who can only lead or be led by the nose kind of politicians.
The reality is that these guys who aspire and work hard to bring down one of their own are actually individuals who have no love for the party. They wait for opportunities to whack KJ without any consideration for the damage they wreck on the party.
The current obsession among this group of saboteurs of UMNO and KJ is to attempt to paint KJ as working hand in glove with the opposition. They try to paint this picture by alluding to the issues that KJ has been championing for example the setting of Royal Commission and a review of the ISA. All issues I might point out which has been well received by Dato Seri Najib.
We live in the 21st century, where worldwide there is a longing for politicians who are able to rise to the occasion and go beyond party boundaries when required and when the need is urgent.
Dato Seri Najib recognizes this and why political parties worldwide are changing to respond to the growing number of young people who want to affect the political system. These young people want to see politicians who are able to do and say the rights things and not just follow the party line.
These young people have a different set of ‘KPI’s’ from which they judge a politician, and party loyalty is not top of the list.
It must be pointed out with all honesty that these young people are not in UMNO yet and they certainly do not think like the present batch of UMNO youth types, I am talking about the growing youth bank vote which does not want political parties to abuse the power they have through legislation like the ISA, youths who do not want to see government agencies abused for political expediency and many issues which today are championed more by the opposition that by parties in the BN.
Khairy Jamaluddin to a certain extent has tried to reach out to these youth but is acutely aware of his enemies within who because of their old school thinking and ulterior motive are trying their best from stopping him by hook or by crook.
Non-partisan politics is a common feature of most developed countries. It is not surprising that here in Malaysia these anti-KJ types cannot fathom the need to be non-partisan when the need is urgent.
-From KJFC's Guest Columnist, Sdr. Stephen Doss.