Speaking to Malaysiakini tv/video Mukhriz Mahathir seems to have sung the right tune and hit the right notes as he was given an assailable lead after the 1st round of nominations. His closest Khairy Jamaluddin will need to secure at least 19 more to be eligible to contest for the posts as UMNO youth Chief in March. The Malaysiakini report which can be read http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91378 Tense weekend ahead for Khairy which he needs to find a cure plus an antidote for his abysmmal showing so far.
Mukhriz looks very laidback as compared to his father Tun Mahathir and he did mention to reporters that basically he has two differences with his father. Firstly, Tun Has resigned from UMNO but he is still inside while the other he supports Najib as future PM and Tuns choice is Tengku Razaleigh. Good positioning and correct call and this political alignment with the powers to be makes him acceptable to the divisional youths.
His call is simple as he knows that UMNO in particular and BN in general is losing the momentum and if there are no reengineering or reinventions with close to a million new voters for the next General Elections it is a fact that BN will lose. He reiterated,”ITS A FACT THAT WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH.”
As for his contributions to the Youth Wing he needs to restore the confidence of young people in UMNO and BN in general and there are lot of people who believes in his way forward. We know that the among some reasons why UMNO and BN did badly in the last GE are the weaknesses within the coalition and there are steps to rectify all these weaknesses. It augurs well for the man who aspires to lead the UMNO Youth Wing and if he succeeds he has already spelt it out.
- Open Membership as wide as possible. Unfortunately although its quite simple to be a member there seem to be “RED TAPE” At this particular moment it s easy for a malay to join any party he likes. Of course,any opposition parties are wooing them over and there needs and he sees a need to REVAMP the membership drive in order to gain more members.
- After having them in as members there needs to given enough and adequate knowledge about UMNO’s history,the partys struggle so far and the independance struggle at this particular moment and where we are going from hereon. We must ensure that the members are not joining for the sake of just being members without having ‘EMPATHY and FEELING” for the struggle itself.
- He feels that UMNO as a political party needs to solve peoples problems. WHY BE A POLITICAL PARTY IF YOU ARE NOT DOING THAT..?? Young people particularly has tons of problems. We have to be seen to connect with them by way of coming up with adequate SOLUTIONS.
Khairy has offered himself as he says on his own strengths and the PMs decision does and will have little effect on UMNOs youth members decisions to choose their leaders for the next term. He said that in any contests he is mindful and any factors influencing their votes but he hopes that they will be able to assess his record in its own right without attaching any sentiments.
So the politics of DEMONISATION is alive and kicking in Malaysia and we look forward to the healthy UMNO Youth battles between the aspiring candidates. Mukhriz and Kahiry needs to overcome all the obstacles and mud slinging which will surface in the following months. UMNO and BN stands to benefit if the right leader is chosen and Pakatan will be watching this developments with interests….Over to you youth boys.. Unfortunately,It’s not my CALL….