Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ZUBAIDAH ABU BAKAR: Is Mukhriz's popularity giving Khairy the jitters?

His closest rival in the contest to be Umno Youth chief, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, has cleared the requisite 39 nominations while he trails with 20.

There is no doubt that the 32-year-old son-in-law of outgoing Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will clear his first hurdle, as he only needs 18 more nominations (from the 119 youth divisions yet to hold their meetings) to take part in his first real contest in the party.

He was appointed into the Umno Youth executive council in 2001 by Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (now the outgoing chief) and won the wing's No 2 post uncontested in 2004 when would-be challengers pulled out of the race.

Khairy's supporters have been proven wrong.

Mukhriz now holds the edge in the the contest for nominations and the "chief", as the Rembau MP is known as, has fallen behind.

more: Mukhriz's popularity giving Khairy the jitters? The New Straits Times