“He was the idol of the Johor people.”
“Handsome, dashing and fearless, he was the envy of all.”
Nope, we’re not talking about Hishammuddin Hussein.
The handsome, dashing and fearless guy actually refers to his grandfather, Dato’ Onn Jaafar, who can be glimpsed in the photograph above — see portrait on the wall of the pendekar in black.
Below is another photo of Dato’ Onn to better appreciate his handsomeness and dash.
Everyone should be able to recognize Dato’ Onn. The young Malay men surrounding him include Utusan chaps Aziz Ishak (fifth from right, also handsome in songkok), Melan Abdullah and Othman Wok.
Aziz is the brother of Yusof Ishak, founder of the Malay nationalist newspaper and later the first President of Singapore whose face is printed on all the Sing dollar notes.
The younger brother Aziz Ishak served as Minister for Agriculture in Tunku’s first Cabinet, and as I’ve mentioned earlier, was – prior to his entering politics – an Utusan journo too.
Tan Sri Melan Abdullah (photo, partially hidden in the back) rose to become Utusan‘s group editor. Othman Wok (photo, bending over) was later an Utusan deputy editor and Member of Parliament in Singapore as well as Singapore Minister for Social Affairs.
A veritable Who’s Who in the black and white historical photo above, yah.
Now back to Dato’ Onn: “He was a great man, and the nation should be grateful to him for having moblilised Malay nationalism which was the spearhead to Malaya’s Independence.”
All the tributes to Dato’ Onn which I’ve quoted above were uttered by Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman who, incidentally, is related to Datuk Onn through his (Tun Dr Ismail’s) stepmother.
Young Malaysians know Tun Dr Ismail through the yuppie Taman named after him. Older Malaysians are of course aware that he was Tun Razak’s trusted deputy and had at times stood in as acting Prime Minister.
Well, those were the days of the great men.
Alas, the handsome-dashing-fearless Onn Jaafar genes seem to have skipped one particular grandson.
Khairy’s bosom buddy
Hisham and KJ were the No.1 and No.2 respectively in Umno Youth during the keris-waving episode.
Dato’ Onn commanded respect for the Malay nationalist struggle from his stature and his statesmanship. What would he have thought about the grandson monkeying around with the Johnny-Come-Lately KJ?
The latest development on the Umno election front is that the Khairy camp has thrown its support behind Hisham as a move to check Mukhriz.
KJ has his network in place in the Bahagians. You gotta credit him that.
Furthermore, it was just too nice of Prime Minister Najib Razak to have appointed him to head the Youth Ministry which is endowed with billions of ringgit funding. Aaaah,
money manna from heaven.
KJ’s mother given NST platform
Most pundits see Zahid Hamidi and Shafie Apdal as already having bagged the first and second Umno vice president posts, leaving Hisham and Mukhriz in the running for the last slot alongside Isa Samad and Ali Rustam.
Aside from KJ campaigning for Hisham, his mother (KJ’s) has also been indirectly doing the same. Read about it in The Mole:
“But somehow a veteran (?) Umno woman who happens to be the Ketua Pemuda’s mother had no qualms to mudsling a candidate in public and NST had the audacity to let it print. Now the underdog had so much work to do. Considering all government’s media is actively trying to realise the ambition of one young arrogant leader who suffers misplaced sense of self-entitlement and jealousy.”
The Scissorati connection
The Mole article holds that “obviously it is highly inappropriate for NST to even publish” the said interview with Khairy’s 81-year-old mother running down Mukhriz.
And we had thought it that it was only The J-Star which is constantly being unprofessional.
Blogger Wan Mohd Shahrir provides his take, below, yesterday in his blog Sri Tri Buana:
“NST melalui Regina Lee menemuramah seorang ‘veteran’ yang personan non grata. Bukan seorang Ketua Bahagian, Ketua Wanita atau apa-apa jawatan. Kebetulan anaknya Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia saja.
Dapsters backing KJ all the way
When the Youth leader is suddenly the rival party supporters’ favourite personality, and furthermore one given a turbo charge by the BattleStar, what does it augur for Fortress Umno?
Well, the more discerning among Umno members should be afraid. Very afraid.
But unfortunately as I’ve previously observed, Umno is the Parti Paling Tidak Apa (PPTA) and thus, the response among the rileks aje party members will surely be: “What? Me worry?”
Unity government post GE14 …
Express queue passport to the premiership?