First let’s look at Khairy Jamaluddin’s avowed ambition.
The urban legend is that he wants to be Prime Minister by age 40.
Now let’s look at who is shilling for KJ to be PM.
Tweet below: The J-Star columnist Karim Raslan’s wet dream puts Khairykj as one of “the two smartest guys in Msian pols … has to be PM”.
More from Karim: ‘Khairy now a polished gem‘ (The J-Star, 27 Aug 2013): “Only Rafizi Ramli … can match him blow for blow – intellectually and politically.”
Below is Karim’s photo. The intellectualism has obviously rubbed off between the two limau nipis minum teh partners.
And more from The J-Star most recently:
“His strong point is his pull with the youths aged 21 to 30 of all races, especially with the Malay majority.
“Surveys have shown that nearly 54% of youths voted for Barisan Nasional. The fact that Khairy was made Youth and Sports minister shows his work is cut out for him: to increase the proportion of these voters for BN.”
(‘Khairy, the comeback kid‘, The J-Star, 21 Aug 2013)
The audacious claim made by The J-Star on KJ’s behalf is that it was he who succeeded in pulling the youth vote for the BN. This claim is most debatable.
Umno must be pressed to release the BN postmortem so that we can be reliably informed.
Unless we are given the hard data, we cannot be faulted for conjecturing that Khairy’s Scissorati-aided efforts may serve to increase the proportion of young voters for the Pakatan camp instead.
Screenshot above: Karim tweeted the BN’s loss of the popular vote, adding that the Selangor and Penang electorate are “more pro-PR” because both the states have “good government”.
His fellow J-Star columnist Syahredzan Johan responded that “the ground sentiments against the BN that many felt was accurate”.
These Pakatan cheerleaders are the tukang ceritas given a prominent platform by the MCA-owned media conglomerate.
Where we’re headed
It’s too early to tell how the votes will pan out in GE14, which could well turn out to be a Mother of All Battles that will go down to the wire.
The momentum is for Umno (+ PBB +the Sabah & Sarawak native parties) to take the lead in the Bumiputera Muslim vote count.
Pakatan will monopolize the Chinese and Christian votes.
The vote of the rest of the small minorities is up for grabs.
Learning from Obama lesson
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned many times about the pitfalls of the split in Malay votes.
We can see what he has cautioned played out in the American presidential election.
The white challenger Mitt Romney got 6 out of 10 white votes. Barack Obama got 4 out of 10 white votes but managed to sapu bersih the black votes (some exit polls gave him up to 97% of the black women votes).
Bottomline: The Republican party has the support of the majority race (whites) but their candidate Mitt Romney failed to take the White House.
Our parallel with the American experience is how the Hispanic, Asian and other minority interest groups (gays, single mothers, etc) successfully carried the Democratic incumbent across the finish line first.
So will it be Umno or will it be the DAP juggernaut that will collect enough “dan lain-lain” support to attain the winning edge?
Vote of the religious minorities
What if through defections (like Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘Sept 16’ plan), through backroom deals and through horsetrading, Pakatan manages to pip BN to the winning post?
Bearing the Obama success in mind, the lain-lain votes could make or break should it come to a close call.
At the moment, the BN is faring poorly among the minorities. Earlier in this article, I said that the opposition have got the Christian votes in hand.
Christianity is the second most powerful religion in Malaysia.
But how about the Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and other minority (animist, traditional faith beliefs, Syiah) votes?
Umno taking the hardline
Zahid Hamidi revoked the permanent residence privilege of the resort operator-cum-manager who had allowed his surau in Johor to be used by a Buddhist group for their meditation. The Home Minister had the man (PR holder) remanded 4 days and investigated by the police.
The Sedili surau has since been demolished.
Some Muslims are not happy because they view the presence of other religion groups in the surau as defiling it. But what is the reaction of these same Muslims when the place of worship belonging to other religions are disrespected?
Hindu temple disturbed
In the news today is a 101-year-old Hindu temple in Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.
Yesterday, there was some high drama as a group of Indian politicians including MIC Youth chief T. Mohan, MIC Federal Territories Youth chief D. Tharmakumaran and PKR human rights and legal bureau deputy chairman S. Jayathas were arrested for hindering the “work” of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers.
It’s a complicated story involving a land dispute between the temple committee and a developer, the Hap Seng construction company.
The upshot of it was that the DBKL “removed” statues of the Hindu deities amidst claims and counter claims that a portion of the temple was squatting on state land, and on the other hand that the seizure was done without a proper court order.
FT authorities are playing down the incident and doing damage control. Needless to say, the DBKL men were reportedly far more disrespectful in the Hindu temple than the Singapore Buddhists were in the Sedili surau.
Please google “Muneswarar” (temple), time bracket “1 Sept 2013” for details.
The photo above illustrates a previous encounter with the Sepang municipal council that left a Hindu shrine destroyed.
Although the Sepang photo is unrelated to yesterday’s DBKL entanglement in Bukit Bintang, it nonetheless does explain why the Hindus were upset enough by the spate of temple demotions, which occurred under Badawi’s watch in 2006-2007, so much so that the Indian tidal wave of 2008 washed away 58 seats from the BN in GE12.
Khairy the Chameleon
I’ve previously mentioned before the actions of Umno in relation to “slash and burn” (a phrase which I picked up from a commentator in this blog).
The race and religion hardline adopted by a leading faction in Umno and their supporters will lose BN the lain-lain support.
Umno coming across as ultra may just allow Pakatan to pick up the pieces and enough to scrape through to victory.
The DAP is assiduously doing their jelajah masjid in order to woo the Malay-Muslim votes.
Hannah Yeoh and Ong Kian Ming are examples of the biawak-like evangelista donning another religious skin.
Now ask yourself why the J-Star evangelista is now backing Khairy?
Supposing the results of GE14 throws up a Perak 2008 scenario? If Anwar by then is no longer in the the picture, which other Malay politicians do you think might be approached to front the Chinese-dominated opposition whom are uncomfortable with PAS as PM?
Stepping into Anwar’s shoes
If the DAP Chinese evangelistas can pull the Muslim chameleon act, why not a Malay politician make himself acceptable to the non-Muslim religions?
And you know who is Anwar the Second in the making.
Zahid Hamidi, Zul Noordin and others in their time zone only appeal to the Umno hardliners. Umno will be like the Republican Party in the US losing to their opponent who can better fish the minority vote.
So if we’re talking about the cobbling together of a rainbow coalition government across the aisles, can you imagine Khairy in the Pakatan framework? Endless possibilities, eh?