I don’t know what’s wrong with the members in the top political party of Malaysia (UMNO) these days. By proposing to elect the Prime Minister’s only son-in-law as the national deputy youth wing leader will definitely begets disaster.
Haven’t they heard of the word ‘nepotism’? Why is the case of Khairy (the son-in-law) be treated differently and exclusively from other known cases of nepotism in this country? This is a good example of nepotism at the highest order in the country. What irks me the most is, the former Prime Misnister (Dr Mahathir) did his best to stifle the rise of his own children in the country politics in order to avoid the accusations of favouritsm and nepotism in Malaysia. The highest post one of his sons had held was ONLY the treasurer in the national youth wing and since his father’s retirement of the politics, so did he.
But now, we have nearly all the UMNO divisions in Malaysia trying to push for the nomination of Khairy to one of the most powerful post in Malaysia. Why? In order to be in the Prime Minister’s good books. That’s all. So what if he’s only 28? Being married to the Prime Minister’s only daughter sure has a lot of perks I might say.
Okay, so he has an Oxford degree and is judged as brilliant by his peers and UMNO members. But you see, their judgment is flawed. Who wants to say something bad about the PM’s son-in-law? Only the foolhardy or the foreigners might say such things. I listened to him talk in one of the seminars held by young professionals of Malaysia last year. For the uneducated, he may come as classy and super-educated on the outside, given his credentials. But he talked bullshit. They were no substance. He was cocky n condescending. And severely inexperienced in handling questions of a more sensitive areas.
Truthfully, given 5 more years, he can be truly an experienced and pragmatic leader of the youth but not now. Not when he is only 28 and just the private secretary of his father-in-law or some sort. Not when his father-in-law is still the PM! What if he eventually be voted as the deputy leader of UMNO Youth? Any mistakes that he made will have an impact to the PM. Whether he likes it or not. Any stupid remarks or less than smart comments or actions will be deemed as getting the nod from the PM. I don’t know what are the political ploys of the UMNO members but by following the herd in nominating Khairy is not a very good decision. My advice to Khairy is to stay away from the political limelight for the moment in order not to bring further problems in the future or else the opposition and the doomsayers will have a field day.