Look who is KJ’s most attuned cheerleader…
The J-Star late yesterday evening reported Khairy Jamaluddin as saying “I am now going down to meet Youth members at the grassroots level. Thankfully, the reception (from them) has been positive“.
The J-Star article was filed at 5:37pm.
Hmmm, the reception to Khairy has been hugely negative in the poll that I ran in my blog yesterday morning.
Consistently 80-82% of the poll respondents voted ‘No’ to Khairy throughout the day (yesterday Monday).
At 3pm yesterday, Blog House Malaysia chairman Syed Akbar Ali recorded my “Will you vote KJ?” poll as showing that 82.04% rejected Khairy (SAA’s screenshot reproduced below).
At 6.30pm yesterday, a printscreen by blogger Din Turtle of the survey results indicated 81.68% of the online poll participants had responded NEIN, NEIN to KJ, (DT’s screenshot reproduced below).
A distressed commentator at Din Turtle’s blog (screenshot below):
Will you vote KJ?
At midnight, the Warta Rakyat blog observed that the poll was showing 80.26% against KJ and only under 20% who were for him to lead Umno Youth (screenshot by Warta Rakyat admin reproduced below).
KJ is without a doubt unpopular with those who took part in the poll.
Currently @ 5.15pm Tuesday, the poll has attracted 910 respondents of whom 80 percent have said ‘No’ to KJ.
By the way, the number of respondents to my poll is a respectable figure considering that the Merdeka Center (Jan 23-Feb 6, 2013) survey which interpreted a dip in Najib Razak’s popularity was conducted only among 1,021 respondents.
Do click to view – you can register your vote HERE – and let’s see if the voting trend tonight remains as consistent as yesterday where 4 out of every 5 persons polled seem to dislike the youngest de facto ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia.
[Note: Granted that those taking part in this poll would possess an inbuilt bias according to my blog demography which is Malay pro-establishment. But then again, it is all the more reason that the Umno top leadership should take notice — precisely because my audience is largely Malay pro-establishment.)
Those whom the Chinese adore …
… spell disaster for Umno.
What is Umno to make of such a striking ‘reverse’ phenomenon, meaning that those whom the The J-Star likes, the Malay grassroots don’t like?
e.g. The pro-DAP Jerusubang paper simply loves Saifuddin Abdullah whom The J-Star quoted as saying, “He [Saifuddin] declared that he was a Malaysian first and a Malay second”. Yet Saifuddin recently failed to defend his Temerloh Parliament seat.
Umno had fielded 11 Parliamentary candidates for Pahang the last general election and won 8 seats. Saifuddin was one of Umno’s three losers.
He had contested in a constituency with a 64.33% Malay electorate, which going by the ethnic support pattern of GE13, should have been one in the bag for Umno. Yet Saifuddin was rejected by the Malay grassroots in semi-rural Temerloh and losing narrowly to the Islamist dark horse, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan.
The lesson to take away from Saifuddin’s loss is that those whom the Chinese (The J-Star‘s evangelista Firster readership) love are, on the other hand, usually not palatable to the Umno core (read: the Utusan type).
Umno beware the Scissorati and MCA
And now we have the Curious Case of Khairy’s Star Appeal.
In the morning of Sept 9, many Malays gave a thumbs down to Khairy in my poll. Later in the same day, The J-Star quickly runs an evening story quoting the Son-in-Law making a claim that he is being given a “positive” reception by Umno Youth members.
I have been reliably informed that self-professed “hottie” Regina Lee (KJ’s press secretary) used to be a hot favourite staffer with the acting Star CEO Wong Chun Wai.
Umno-ites can draw from this episode a sound strategy based on the warning that ‘Sugar is bad for you’.
i.e. The more syrup that The J-Star — c.f. weekly columnist Karim Raslan’s paean to the so-called Umno “polished gem” — pours to sugarcoat the Chinese’s preferred figurehead, the more Umno should realise that such a character (Anwar 2.0) is disastrous for the party.
Delegates at the upcoming Umno general assembly should be given a door gift of mini inflatable lifeboat.