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Elizabeth Wong
Elizabeth Wong, Anwar Ibrahim and Nizar Jamaluddin
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Graph above shows the popularity of three Pakatan Rakyat leaders in the blogosphere; Anwar Ibrahim, former Perak MB, Nizar Jamaluddin and former Selangor exco member and Bukit Lanjan Assemblyperson, Elizabeth Wong.

While Nizar Jamaluddin's fame has slowed down this week, Eli's popularity among bloggers continues to skyrocket exceeding even her boss, Anwar Ibrahim - all due to her recent nude pictures scandal allegedly being exposed by her ex-boyfriend.

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Mukhriz Mahathir, Khir Toyo and Khairy Jamaluddin
Mukhriz Mahathir, Khir Toyo dan Khairy Jamaluddin

Secondly, judging by the popularity in blogs, former Selangor MB, Dr. Khir Toyo seems to be the leading contender for the Ketua Pemuda UMNO post. Unfortunately, this sentiment is also shared by many UMNO insiders and other political commentators like Joceline Tan of The Star and Raja Petra of Malaysia-Today. His latest fame in the blogs was his criticism on Eli Wong's nude picture scandal, which he was widely condemned.

As a human being, I sympathize with Eli. There is just no doubt that she is the victim here. And Khir Toyo's remark in saying that "this is about public morality" is just plain stupid. I just hope that Khir Toyo lose in the upcoming pemilihan Ketua Pemuda UMNO, really. I just can't think of what 'change' he can bring to UMNO. It looks more like an unimaginable disaster.

While Khir Toyo was famous for his comments on Eli Wong's "morality", another UMNO youth leader candidate, Mukhriz Mahathir reached his peak in December 2008 when he suggested to abolish vernacular schools and to have one school system for all. Something like in Singapore. This suggestion sparked new debate between both Barisan and Pakatan bloggers and interestingly, there seems to be some support for his ideas from Pakatan bloggers while non-Malay Barisan supporters were strongly against the idea. In my view, although the idea is good for uniting all Malaysian schoolchildren from all races under one school system, politically it is just too unrealistic, at least in the context of Barisan Nasional. Mukhriz was quoted as saying;
“The school remains the same physically and it is the system that needs changing where the medium of teaching would eventually be one, which is Bahasa Malaysia, except for Science and Mathematics,” he said, adding that it would include religious schools.

All in all, my personal view is that any leading UMNO leaders must not only attempt to win the hearts and minds of the Malays, but also the minority non-Malays too. And sadly, even though I am rooting for Mukhriz, I think none of the three leaders above have such quality. They must realize that this is no longer the 60s or 70s. To keep harping on racial or religious issue doesn't make any real sense anymore. Malaysia needs a new strong leadership with a good clear sense of direction to lead the country out from the economic crisis and into a better future.

1 comment

Ti Lian Ker said...

Shanon! I agreed with you totally. Aspiring UMNO Youth Leader should break away from the GUNGHO political style of the 70s or 80s. Looks like Khir and Khairy have a tendency to play to the gallery. I think they should breakaway from the typical UMNO Youth mold and give Malaysians a breath of fresh air and hope for the future.

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