Josh Hong, one of my favourite columnists in malaysiakini wrote Talent time in Malaysian politics where he discussed the vogue phenomena of the new young guns of politics, Tony Pua and Jeff Ooi of DAP, Vincent Gu of MCA and of course none other than our very own UMNO lang chai, Khairy Jamaluddin or KJ, the world’s most famous son-in-law.
I am only going to quote an extract of Josh’s damn good article, the part pertaining to KJ, as follows:
After all, the Chinese have seen their rights eroded, their position having regressed dramatically since the tragic May 13 Incident of 1969. The minority syndrome of the Chinese living in a country that is slowly but firmly ditching its secular outlooks is too marked to be overlooked.
Whenever they see Khairy Jamaluddin, the egoistic Oxford-graduate whose ambitions are undoubtedly pitched high, the Chinese cannot help yearning for a talented youngling of their own.
As I have often blogged, one of the central pillars of Chinese culture is education – my aunts and mum bombarded my cousins and me during my school days with tales of the poor son of a wretched farmer studying diligently by candle light in a deserted haunted house, and then going on to pass the Imperial exams brilliantly to become the highest level of Mandarin in His Imperial Majesty’s Kingdom as well as winning the devoted affection of the Emperor’s daughter.
... obviously to motivate and inspire us. Well, it worked for KJ but alas, I doubt AAB has any more daughters.
Yes, Chinese do admire a scholar, but somehow I don’t believe this extends to young KJ, because in another malaysiakini article, the blame for Chinese Malaysians' low regard for AAB’s leadership, as found in a recent survey, has been attributed to a series of incidents including the remarks made by DPM Najib, keris cum kingfu sword waver Hishammuddin Hussein and his deputy, the one and only KJ.
KJ came to Chinese notice sometime in August last year when Chinese newspapers published news of KJ alleging the Chinese community would capitalise on UMNO's weaknesses. See my post Did Khairy Jamaluddin bad-mouth Chinese community?
As we know, the sorry saga ended up with an immortal line from Erich Segals’s ‘Love Story’ being paraphrased as ‘UMNO means never having to say sorry’.
Was/is KJ then a bigot, the typical UMNO extreme right racist?
He himself denied that, saying his best friend is a Chinese.
I actually believe him because his accusation of the Chinese community capitalising on UMNO's weaknesses came shortly after his unexplained and embarrassingly 9.2 million strokes of luck, which I blogged in 'Lucky' Khairy Jamaluddin.
‘Twas the typical UMNO masking exercise in classical Sun Tzu fashion – ‘feint towards the east, act in the west’, a distraction to hide your intention or action.
Hmmm, maybe they studied Sun Tzu in Oxford? Can Tony Pua confirm?