Dr M said: "They chose a leader found guilty of using money and inducements in his bid to become Youth chief. Whether he was allowed to contest or not, it does not negate the fact that he is corrupt. "The punishment meted on this person is inadequate and unfair because others found guilty of a similar offence were barred from contesting."
"There has never been a case where a person known and acknowledged as being corrupt by the disciplinary committee, the party and the public is elected and heralded as a leader. This is what was done by Umno Youth which was once renowned as the front-line force of the Umno struggle."
Yesterday I posted Najib Razak and the victory of KJ where, after questioning the popular belief or PKR propagated myth that Najib and KJ are enemies, I raised further questions as follows:
I also believe Dr Mahathir has been annoyed with Najib for not doing more to support Mukhriz, where his subtle criticisms of Najib in recent times could well be hints for the latter to neutralise or neuter KJ.
Could it possibly be that Najib has not interfered at all with the election for the new UMNO Youth Chief, because he wasn’t comfy with Mukhriz in that powerful position?
Could it be that Najib doesn’t want a Dr M as a backseat driver to his premiership?
Indeed, could it be that Najib is now not too unhappy with the outcome of that race?
Today, one of my faves at Malaysiakini, Josh Hong wrote in his Youth polls: The morning after... the following:
My abhorrence for Umno is well-known to many, and I make no apologies for that. This is a political institution that shows no respect for human rights, and goes against everything that modern democracy stands for. [...]
Still, I could hardly conceal my glee when Khairy Jamaluddin pulled off the biggest upset by defeating his two powerful rivals in the race for the Umno Youth chief post two days ago, which was clearly a slap in the face for Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former prime minister must be feeling so miserable that his effort of the past few years to halt Khairy’s meteoric rise has amounted to nothing. [...]
Khairy’s victory is a blessing in disguise. Should Mukhriz have made it and Najib was compelled to include him in the new cabinet, Mahathir would relish in being some kind of a back-seat driver for sure.
It would seem that not only is UMNO Youth today less beholden to the name of Dr Mahathir, but Najib may want to be his own man and is distancing himself from his patron and mentor.
Can he afford to do that?
And let’s not forget that KJ, for all his relatively young age, has shown himself to be a master politician who has outfoxed and outmanoeuvred many in UMNO, and more than surprised the media and political pundits.