Saturday, August 09, 2008

Azmin Ali: If Khairy were not the Prime Minister's son-in-law, he would be nobody

A teacher asked a common sense question: Who is Khairy?

A student quoted PKR Vice President Azmin Ali's words in the Parliament: "If Khairy were not the Prime Minister's son-in-law, he would be nobody."

Yes, Khairy Jamaluddin is the son-in-law of the Prime Minister. However, this is not his only title. He used to be an outstanding student in Oxford and is now the Umno Youth Deputy Chief. He may achieve a higher position at any time.

Undoubtedly, he is a future political star of Malaysia. He is closely watched by the people and his remarks raises eyebrows. He is a defender of racial comparison and the people can still remember his theory saying that Malays in Penang have been marginalised.

He likes to make comparison between Bumiputra and non-Bumiputra. For example, he recently questioned the Public Service Department's move to increase the scholarship quota for non-Bumiputras. He criticised that to increase the scholarship quota for non-Bumiputras from 10% to 45% was a "win – lose" scheme and Bumiputra would be the loser.

All the signs show that Khairy is unwilling to give up the walking stick culture. But he seems to have changed recently. He said during a talk that Umno Youth has proposed the reduction of fuel subsidy enjoyed by transport operators who send goods and food to Singapore as this allows Singaporeans to enjoy lower good and food prices.

Khairy shifted from the no.1 supporter of walking stick culture to a great objector. Politically, we call it double standards.

I believe Khairy knows that racial comparison is just a zero sum game. He should as well know that if your products are more expensive than other's, you will lose competitiveness.

However, some people would not care about talents and foreign exchange. To them, the most important thing is how to use talents and foreign exchange to achieve their goals. (By LIM MUN FAH/ Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/ Sin Chew Daily)

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Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia