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The 3 candidates for UMNO Presidency represent three different approaches of UMNO post GE14 that may determine UMNO’s own survival within the context of political relevance in the era of New Malaysia.
The three – Zahid Hamidi, Ku Li and KJ – however, share two common traits that was apparent from their public statements pre-GE14.
Firstly, all of them loyally supported and propped up Najib Razak despite clear evidence of corruption and abuse of power that had disillusioned the majority of Malaysians and caused deep seated enmity even from within UMNO itself.
Despite clear and obvious signs of discontent among Malaysians, all three of them kept on supporting Najib Razak, actively giving him the impression that the Emperor’s new dress was all glitter and glams, ignoring a very ugly nakedness of which the whole world, except within UMNOvilles, had to endure with painful grimaces.
In KJ’s own words, they took their version of Kool-Aid and paid the price, albeit, too late a realisation to make any difference.
Secondly, all 3 of them had ridiculed DrM and Pakatan pre-GE14. But that is what politicians do. Nothing is extraordinary about that. Zahid though followed that up by visiting DrM post- GE14. Awesome stuff.
Outwardly, Zahid Hamidi represents the UMNO of old, the thuggish arrogance that helped to overthrow UMNO from its laurel and into the abyss of political darkness that it is in right now. But, Zahid being the one that has, within UMNO, gone to the proverbial hell and come back alive and better, would be a really tough nut to crack. He is from the Nazri Aziz’ school of refinement. He would fight hard and would stop at almost nothing.
The old warlords and power-makers might still support Zahid. The old, tried and tested ethnoreligio-centric and right-wing mantra, after all, still have a very special place within UMNO.
On the extreme opposite of Zahid’s political posturing is KJ.
Here is a young man from Oxford. He doesn’t have a PhD like Zahid, but is clearly more articulate and intelligent by comparison. His English proficiency is way better than Zahid’s (who would forget the calamitous UN speech delievered by Zahid – OMG!).
In KJ is a face of new UMNO. A more liberal – if ever that was possible – and progressive UMNO. A more intelligent and more- substance-than-form UMNO.
I would make no secret of my hope that KJ would win the UMNO Presidency. Because an UMNO under him would be a great counter-balance of traditions and progression.
But, deep from within UMNO, the likes of KJ is never “UMNO enough.”
Not UMNO-enough – the phrase that describes a certain level of non-acceptance in UMNO lingo. It’s like KJ is not Melayu enough, not Islam enough and hence, not UMNO enough. in UMNO, this is a state of being in a God forsaken place that is neither here nor there.
And when you are in this position in UMNO, there is a certain level of distrust or intolerance that you suffer from.
One of the prime example of not-UMNO-enough was Saifuddin Abdullah. Known for his conviction for fair play and a pricipled political existence, he was by far one of the most progressive UMNO MP. Despite being popular and generally seen as a good man, he lost his Supreme Council contest, simply because he was not UMNO-enough.
The same would, I think, prove to be KJ’s Achilles heel in this contest. Most unfortunately.
Enter Ku Li.
He is a prince. First thing first, UMNO loves princes and royalties.
Even when a chosen leader was not a prince or royalty, UMNO would paint that leader with a tinge of “royalness”. They would call him an “aristocrat.” A certain ex-leader was called exactly that although he was neither a prince nor a royal, albeit the fact that he called himself a “pahlawan.”
He is neither here nor there. Too much of a politician to make any real impact, policy or action wise.
He may one day drift into liberalism and progressiveness, saying something right about freedom, liberty, justice and fairness.
On the next day he may jump into the “hak Melayu” and “mertabatkan Islam” pond. Quite comfortably.
And both in very believable fashion.
UMNO loves this.
Because it is non-conviction at its best. It leaves room for interpretation. And a change of stance, if needs be, later.
Ask Ku Li what he thinks of Malay rights at a Chinese Chamber of Commerce meeting and he might say:
“Everybody has a right in Malaysia. The Chinese do too.”
Ask him the same question at an UMNO General Assembly, and he might say, “the sacred Malay rights must and will be protected with blood, if necessary.”
You just have to love him.
Faced with two extremes that is Zahid and KJ, UMNO would opt for the middle path. The path that has a very thin line between indecisiveness, pragmatism and just plain wishy-washy.
Ku Li, I think, will win the Presidency.
And I say that with no disrespect meant for both Zahid and KJ.