I refer to Malaysiakini’s report on “KJ’s election: Mahathir spews venom”
TDM, the number one critic of KJ once again took a swipe at him. Malaysiakini equated his condemnation to spewing venom. This time he directed his accusation to the collective youth members of UMNO for electing Khairy despite the disciplinary committee finding him of guilty for money politics.
But the night he was elected as chief, Khairy in his acceptance speech said “They thought Khairy is over, but here I am despite all the odds.” Yes, Khairy was correct; most of us thought Khairy did not have any chance of winning, but he proved us all wrong by winning convincingly.
Whether Khairy was involved in money politics or not we wouldn’t know and TDM’s allegation that the youth group bent over backward for Khairy is not easy to believe either. However what we do know is Khairy had strong opposition outnumbering his own supporters. Hence, in my view the use of SWOT approach would be useful to analyze the process of UMNO youth election and the contributory factors for KJ’s ultimate winning which in this case could also be a crucial lesson for PKR Selambau in the upcoming by-election.
Strength of opposition
For anti-Khairy faction – Khairy was opposed by majority of 486 votes.
For PR in Selambau – The nation knows of the anti-government mood of majority voters who favour alternative choice in PR.
Weakness of opposition
For anti-Khairy faction – The Disunity factor among opponents. Mukhriz and Khir destroyed their opportunity to topple Khairy by refusing to work hand-in-hand and instead they chose to test their individual strength, causing faction within those opposing Khairy. This obviously became advantage to Khairy.
For Opposition in Selambau – The selfish attitude among opposition groups and PKR’s failure to convince the disappointed factions especially the Indians on their choice of candidate has resulted in the emergence of many possible independent contestants. If PKR fails to keep them away, it might give BN an easy walk over victory. Such instance would be very unfortunate to those groups such as Makkal Sakti who ferociously fight the government for their rights and demands.
For anti-Khairy faction - Had many favourable reasons to defeat Khairy – KJ was found guilty for money politics just few days before election. He had many critics including TDM. Many top guns including Muhyiddin were against him. Unfortunately KJ’s contestants missed to exploit these opportunities.
For Opposition in Selambau – Selambau is held by PKR. Majority voters support opposition move and a crucial number of Indians have become BN haters. Many recent incidents including the killing of six Indians by police are very fresh in people’s memory. All these could be advantageous to opposition.
Threat for opposition
For Anti-Khairy faction – Khairy was incumbent deputy chief. He knew the loyalists who worked with him for 11 years. The PM is his father-in-law. He is privy to certain privileged information. Also, Khairy played his role well, both as leader championing Malay rights and ultra-Malay who has the intelligence and competence. Understandably KJ opponents failed to overcome the threats.
For opposition in Selambau – PR’s inability to choose the most qualified and trustworthy candidate as we have seen in the case of Perak. The continuous attack by BN to disrepute PR politicians has caused severe damage in PR’s stability and good governance. More importantly the new UMNO line up led by Najib may cause people to reconsider a second chance to BN.
As the by-election is inching in, the underlying questions that remain unanswered are:-
- Will the people who oppose BN realise their divisiveness is the strength for BN?
- Can’t they see if a divided UMNO youth could bring victory to Khairy, could also a divided opposition bring victory to BN?
- Why that is so important the candidate of your choice must get the opportunity and not others?
- Can an independent who claims to represent one ethnic group with mere 9000 voters convince the majority Malays and Chinese to vote him in?
- Are you prepared to see the Pakatan Rakyat losing to BN because of your doing and selfishness?
It’s only hoped Khairy’s election serves as lesson in the upcoming by election. Selambau folks, for heaven sake please do not be detracted by few disgruntled individuals who fail to see the big picture.
Read it in Malaysiakini