Khairy Jamaluddin is an UMNO outcast

TTF: Let’s assume for a moment that Rembau is a whole country.

Under the circumstances, we can make do with one Khairy Jamaluddin to decide what best to do for the people given that Rembau isn’t a very big country.

But Rembau isn’t a country at all.

Malaysia, on the other hand, is.

And Malaysia probably has enough space to fit 200 – 300 Rembaus.

Which is why, to run Malaysia, we would probably need 200 – 300 Khairies to make sure that an ideology projected by one Khairy is projected by the rest in the exact same way.

But it is impossible to find even two Khairies, let alone ten or even a hundred.

Thus, the objective in politics is never to replicate an individual, but to conserve an ideology among a group of individuals.

And that’s where political parties come into the picture.

To ensure that an ideology is projected throughout the country in a manner that is consistent, people who share that ideology come together under a banner where collective decisions are made and upheld by all.

It is this act of making collective decisions that helps conserve ideologies and allows them to evolve over a period of time.

But Khairy doesn’t seem to understand this.

To him, his act of remaining in the Dewan while other Barisan MPs staged a walkout was justified as it meant he had an ‘independent’ voice in UMNO (see news item below).

But what he failed to understand is this – by not upholding a collective decision taken by the party, his actions no longer conformed to those of other UMNO MPs.

What this means, is that his appreciation of the UMNO team spirit and ideology may be at variance with others in his party.

Effectively, that makes him an outcast in UMNO and a liability the party can most certainly do without.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Khairy Jamaluddin today admitted that there was some tension between him and Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi following the Rembau MP’s decision not to join last week’s walkout.

“We are on good terms obviously, there was some tension as I stood against him, but after all that, he is like an older brother to me.

“He asked (me) are you speaking today? And I said yes,” he told reporters when asked what was said to him by the Opposition leader.

Last week, Opposition lawmakers from Umno and PAS staged a walkout from the House, following their dissatisfaction over the circumstances surrounding the appointment of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

Khairy, Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli were the three Umno representatives who did not follow suit.

Meanwhile, Zahid had earlier told reporters that he had on two occasions approached Khairy for the positions of Umno secretary-general and information chief, both of which were turned down.

The Bagon Datoh MP had also offered the former Umno Youth chief the chance to contest the deputy presidency before the elections, but was similarly declined.

“I don’t want to talk about Umno elections anymore I turned down the positions because I do not want to be tied down by the party’s decision.

“I want to be an independent voice within Umno. I’m still with Umno but let me have the freedom to voice my opinions. It is good for Umno,” said Khairy, who appeared to be in a jovial mood after he delivered his motion of thanks for the Royal address in the Dewan Rakyat today.

When asked whether he would have a bigger voice if he had taken up the offer, the former minister said, “Really? You think so? It will then be the same thing all over again lah.”


Source: The Malay Mail Online



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