UMNO officebearers that lobbied for Khairy's appointment to Cabinet
The debate over Khairy's exclusion from the Cabinet carried on after the Prime Minister's Cabinet vacancy addition excercise recently.
Few Ketua Pemuda Negeri made appeal, expressed disappointment, and in the case of Ketua Pemuda Selangor openly threatened the Prime Minister. The fact that they are handpicked by Khairy did not lend them any credibility.
At his behest or not, sources told of Dato Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Dato Hishamuddin Hussein Onn, Dato Shahrizat Jalil and Dato Azeez Rahim met PM to convince the merit of Khairy's appointment.
As well said by Pemuda exco, Hishamuddin Yeop, the prerogative to select Cabinet members lies with the PM. It is his call not to ignore the loud voices from grassroot supporters and volunteers against the idea.
Without a functioning Pemuda, they are more valuable to the PM for support.
Failed leadership and Arrogance
It is unthinkable that Pemuda UMNO cannot get it to their head. Khairy's image is much too tainted to be an asset to UMNO, even if the unlikelihood that he is no more perceived as liability.
Khairy failed miserably to undertake the single task assigned by the party President of uniting and rebuilding the Pemuda movement. He is adamant to keep his own people for the Ketua Pemuda Negeri and key positions in Pusat.
The pre-2008 political power play to sabotage and block events associated to selective officebearers and individuals creeped back into the ground. Words are verbal instructions came from Pemuda Pusat
Pemuda UMNO seriously do not appeal to the youth voters, ineffective as an election machinery, and has not played any significant role in voters registration. Reliable source said Khairy had privately warned that UMNO will continue to suffer, if PM continues to ignore him.
Assume for argument sake that Khairy is capable of doing so and UMNO is solely dependent on him, which is not anymore. He is still unlikely to make Minister in the next few years. For one and only one reason, not only will he not be a Minister, he also run the risk of losing his Parliamentary seat and Ketua Pemuda post.
Khairy was sued by Anwar Ibrahim for RM100 million. He chose to ignore and not defend against the lawsuit. This gave Anwar a walkover judgement in default on December 4th, 2008.
How silly and arrogant can one be as to not defend a lawsuit against oneself? He must have assumed that he can reverse the court judgement just by a mere phone call to the court. By jolly, he was the son-in-law of the then PM Tun Abdullah, heaven's sake.
It seems almost no one took notice of the news that Khairy couldn't set aside judgement in default made by the court. Read the news below:
Anwar Obtains Judgment In Default Against KhairyKhairy had filed for appeal against the May 31st dismissal the next day. [Read at Bernama here.] If he can't set aside a judgement made a year and half ago, what is his chances of dismissing the judgement in default?
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today failed in his bid to set aside a judgment in default obtained by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a RM100 million defamation suit.
Anwar's counsel S.N.Nair told reporters that High Court Senior Assistant Registrar Nazri Yahya dismissed with costs Khairy's application to set aside the judgment in default.
Anwar was also represented by counsel Wan Anwar Shadat, while Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Badrul Munir Bukhari appeared for Khairy.
On Dec 4, 2008, Anwar obtained a judgement in default from the High Court against Khairy when he failed to enter an appearance after the writ of summons had been served on him.
Khairy filed the application to set aside the judgement on Feb 20, 2009.
Anwar, 63, filed the suit against Khairy on March 7, 2008 claiming that Khairy, as the then Umno Youth vice chief, had uttered defamatory words and caused the posting on websites including Malaysiakini.com a video clip entitled "Anwar and kin no threat".
Anwar claimed the video clip on Malaysiakini.com contained defamatory words spoken by Khairy at a ceramah in Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur on or about Feb 20, 2008.
He said the defamatory words, among others, meant he was involved in activities contradictory to Islam, did not have good character and was not fit to hold political or other positions.
He sought RM100 million in aggravated and exemplary damages as well as other relief deemed fit by the court.
A lawsuit of RM100 million is no child play. He has thus been lucky that Anwar is swarm with his sodomy case and had a busy campaign schedule since the sodomy police report against him. Anwar could have executed the judgement and demand payment.
Where is Khairy going to pay for such an amount? If a multibillionaire scorn to the idea of signing a single personal cheque of RM100 million to anyone, so will Khairy.
This lawsuit put Khairy in a dilemma. If he or even any member of his in-laws, specifically brother-in-law Kamaluddin, chose to sign such a cheque of such amount to settle the case, it will attract unnecessary attention.
If Khairy doesn't pay, Anwar will have the option to adjudicate him as bankrupt. That means he neither could be a member of Parliament nor hold any position in any organisation under the Registrar of Societies and Directorship in any Companies.
In clearer words, Khairy will lose his Rembau Parliamentary seat and Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO post.
True that it will take ages and endless court proceeding before he is free from that contingent liability of RM100 million.
But, PM cannot take the risk of having a Cabinet member with such financial liability. There lies a potential moral hazard in the sense it jeopardize the reputation of the Ministerial office and as Minister, he risk the temptation to abuse his position and commit corruption.
There is nothing cynical or psy-game here but just the facts.
Khairy should have known of a popular petua (reminder) in UMNO. An overeager for position never made it. If it is of any relevence, Tengku Razaleigh, Musa Hitam and Anwar Ibrahim measured and contained their eagerness but still never made party President.
None amongst them uttered openly such dream of being PM by 40 for the reason being an Oxford graduate.
If the court case does not develop positively for Khairy soon, one can only anticipate Parpukari sending container load order of imported banana for Masjid and Surau for few states!