Friday, September 20, 2013

Changing times

By the time we reached home to Kuala Lumpur from Alor Setar, the whole world probably know by now that Dato Mukhriz Mahathir has announced his intention to run for UMNO Vice President.

In fact, while the event to introduce the candidates from Kedah for national level UMNO position was ongoing, our Blackberry was constantly receiving messages from SMS, BBM, email and Whasapp anticipating Mukhriz to announce his intention to run.

Similar to the discussion on Twitter, blogs and Facebook, everyone seem to be in unison to say that two VPs are shakeable and it will be a one two and three for so, so and so.

All we can say is Mukhriz has a chance like everybody else.

While walking to board our return Firefly flight back at the Alor Setar, we asked of his chances with one Ketua Bahagian.

The Dato shared his confidence and it's something worth pondering over. 

He believed Mukhriz is an already accepted brand associated with another long proven 22 years in office brand. It does not matter whether he had not won any Ketua Bahagian post or lost in the Ketua Pemuda race, he has an image of himself and it is closely associated with good values.

He believes that Mukhriz is basically recognisable to the younger and more inclusive voting UMNO members so he does not need to campaign to hard to introduce himself. All he need is to keep his message continually heard.

It helps that Mukhriz as a product was accepted not only by the PAS controlled Air Hitam state assembly area but contributed to return UMNO back in power in Kedah. From losing the  youth leadership in UMNO, he rebounded to be Kedah Menteri Besar and state liaison chief. Everybody loves a winner.

Thus far, he is putting the right foot forward in Kedah. Furthermore and this matters to UMNO, Mukhriz never betrayed the party.

The Ketua Bahagian said there are some "wahyu" from above giving orders to maintain status quo but with 130,000 UMNO members voting, how is he to stop what members will vote.

He said the number of votes will be electronically keyed-in and collated at the state level before compiled and added together at national level. There is no electoral colleges by division basis as what we understood it to be earlier.

He see it that the young will not want to elect those old tired, tainted and fell out names. They will wish to be associated with those they can closely relate to and Muhriz can spring a surprise.

Off course, campaign is important but as he see it, all Mukhriz need to do is to keep his message fresh.

In his acceptance speech, there is a new energy and dynamism in his tone of speech. Pardon us because we still remember how he would endlessly stammer with many ah... in his speeches. His political secretary, Dato Azimi Daim must have something to do.

One message that he said was and it is in line with his new Berani! Berubah! war cry, UMNO must face up to the facts that the Kit Siangs, Anwars, Karpals, Nik Aziz and Hadi will make way in the next election.

The opposition have young ones to be the faces of the parties and UMNO have no choice but keep up with the changing times. 

By GE14, there will be 3 million new voters and 60-70% of voters are those below 40 of age. This new profile of voters will want to be associated to those leaders of their own than those leaders admired by their parents and grandparents.

That generation has no tolerance to excuses for inefficiencies, mismanagement and corruption. They do not easily give their loyalties except to those they respect or have high regards for. 

It will be tough for those verbal incompetents, constant blunderers, and thievish ones.


Anonymous said...

If he loses
All the blog campaigns by so many blogs wld be in vain.. and malu to u also!

A Voice said...

Win or lose is no issue. This is democrasy.

Why so shallow, anon 6:05 AM?

Anonymous said...

Anon 6.05 is just a typical umno guy. Malu for losing? Huh! Ppl shud be malu for not wanting to contest, malu for taking bribes, malu for being kaki ampu, malu for winning unfairly... But there's no such thing as malu for losing especially if it's an unfair fight.

Anonymous said...

Minda feudel dan terjajah ...

Kiasu yang takut kalah dan tak mengerti.

Perjuangan itu bukan terletak pada hanya satu dua langkah-langkah.

Kekalahan boleh dijadikan kemenangan. Kemenangan tak semestinya kejayaan.

Kurang matang anon 6:05 AM. ulang balik IQra

Anonymous said...

Saya dengar dah ada usaha dari gerombolan syed hamid al bar untuk sabotaj akramsyah..

Ada juga yb nawi langkawi nak jadi pendengki. Teruihkan dan kita pulau dia.

bungkuhkan dia masa PRU akan dtg atau lagi segera pemilihan bahagian tu sendiri ....

Anonymous said...

Malu bertanding sebab takut kalah? Ish ish.. itu Melayu dulu. Melayu baru.. lawan jangan tak lawan. Kalah menang belakang kira. Anwar Ibrahim has proven that "lawan jangan tak lawan" is a winning principle.

Even though orang tua gatal Anwar tu ada banyak faults and banyak cakap dia tak boleh pakai but semangat juang dia kita patut admire. Never give up never surrender!

Imagine if semua Melayu ada semangat juang macam tu.. we can control the world!

So syabas to Mukhriz! Hope you will win. We need younger people in UMNO leadership. Yang dah melangkaui umur persaraan 60 tahun, silalah jangan bertanding. Beri chance lah orang in their 50s and 40s to take the lead. Your time has passed!

Anonymous said...

I am anon 605am, I think that after all the "assistance" you guys are rendering him, he should win as first place. Already he lost KP last time, honestly, Im happy if Hisham loses, by the way, you method of writing English is a bit weird. A lot of errors in tenses, just a note.

I was hoping that some senior UMNO MP contest against Presiden and Tim. Presiden.

By the way, Im not UMNO man, I am not even Malay( anon 812am)

Anonymous said...

Bapa Mamakutty nak anak jadi PM dah dalam 5 tahun.

Mamak berPower sekarang. Ahli KIMMA boleh mengundi ke?

Habis semua Bangsawan, hulubalang, pendekar Melayu disula belakang oleh Mamakutty.

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Anonymous said...

Mukhriz lose ? come on be real, look who s the daddy.

zakzak said...

That is grwat news, I pray that Mukhriz will win.
But i am left wondering, on the lack of similar potential candidate amongst the younger UMNO people.
Has all those years of cantas-mencantas take effect?

Anonymous said...

Kalau ada 3 Mukhriz & aku ni 1 of 150,000 aku vote ketiga-tiga Mukhriz.

Kalau ada Sulaiman Palestin baru, aku undi dia

Jabalnur said...

The best reply for the 6.05dunggu

Jabalnur said...

Satu jawapan yang telus bagi makhluk asing yang "kosong between the ears" like the 6:05 dunggu.

Anonymous said...

I'm more afraid of the electronic voting system. It is so easily manipulated.

Anonymous said...

Ops cantas dalam umno dah lama dahhh

Anonymous said...


Why most of the new faces candidates dlm umno has to be related to the old faces.

Anak la menantu la cucu la sepupu la adik la...

The rest dont have the genes ke ?

Umno is fast becoming like dap pap pkr......
A family party

JanganUndiMukhrizKorup said...

Look at facts ma. Mukhriz is the son of the most corrupt UMNO leader Mahathir a son of a Kerala Indian.

Dont just jadi tipikal makcik dia senyum selalu.

Dia senyum sebab Cina bagi dia pengarah dalam 80 syarikat Cina ma.. sebab itu dia senyum selalu.

Cuba dakwa Mukhriz atas corruption dengan bapa dia, tak dela dia senyum lagi.

Senyum Mukriz senyum bangla, senyum kerala korup ma..

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