Zahid Hamidi has a reputation for being a Malay hardliner.
Zahid is also among the rare Umno leaders to wear jubah on occasion and with the ability to lead congregational prayers (pix below).
He demonstrated his ease with Islamic parlance when in his acceptance speech, he said his appointment as DPM is God’s will – “Saya terima ini sebagai Qada dan Qadar” – and rolling some Quranic verses in Arabic off his tongue.
Meanwhile, Zaid Ibrahim has a reputation for being a Malay liberal.
Zaid has the ability to says the kind of things that the Chinese and Christians love to hear.
Some oppo supporters believe that Pakatan 2.0 should tap him for a key leadership role. They’re looking for a Malay political messiah to act as their figurehead, like the role once assumed previously by the guy in the picture below.
Koon Yew Yin, a Christian multi-millionaire, believes that Zaid “has a big following among the educated and upper middle class which cuts across race”. (For the record, Zaid Ibrahim has 87,000 Twitter followers.)
Writing today in Kit Siang’s blog, Koon said that Zaid “has been fighting a lone battle against Islamic extremism and for moderation and sanity in religious and racial politics”.
Koon considers Zaid to be an asset to the opposition because he is “one of the clearest political thinkers in the country”.