Below is a screenshot of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) webpage.
The PM is of course No.1 and his deputy the No.2 in Cabinet. There are 32 faces (Ministers) and Nazri Aziz is No.4 in seniority.
Today, The Malaysian Insider splashed Nazri as its Malaysian First pin-up boy — see TMI story here.
The news portal – which is linked to Khairy Jamaluddin – said that the primary reason why the English media in Malaysia like Nazri so much is because he says we have to “think of ourselves as Malaysians first”.
TMI also said that due to “his seniority in Umno … he is seen as a symbol that all is not lost with Umno — as far as ethnic and religious relations are concerned” and that it is Nazri who “has been relied on to be the bulwark against Malay-Muslim extremism”.
According to TMI, “he is special because he is a rarity in Umno. But that rarity means that he and the other handful of Umno progressives are a fringe element in the party”.
“It’s not been easy he says repeatedly throughout the interview, of the need to press on with the struggle to get Malaysians to think of themselves as Malaysians first.”
The TMI report goes on to say that it is the conservative, reactionary mainstream that is in control of Umno “and as a solution he [Nazri] presents… Khairy Jamaluddin” to counter the Umno extremism.
According to TMI – a young media (established 2008) which industry sources have long linked to KJ – Nazri says that the 37-year-old Youth and Sports Minister “will have to shoulder the difficult task of changing the present Melayu-first mindset in Umno into one that is Malaysian-first”.
TMI quotes Nazri as saying: “I hope that Khairy one day becomes PM. He is rational, not extremist… I share his values and he is fair to Malaysians regardless of race and religion.”
Nazri continues: “If he wins uncontested as Umno Youth chief I think he can set the course and bring Umno Youth members to his way of thinking.”
The English media in Malaysia is under the firm control of the opposition, especially the capitalist evangelistas.
If the national discourse and Firster agenda set by the Christian opposition goes uncontested, this total monopoly of the media and particularly of social media will bring young and urban Malaysians (read: millions of first-time voters) around to the DAP 3.0 way of thinking.