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Ex-NST editor: Will KJ go in for the kill?
Published:  Aug 13, 2015 8:00 AM
Updated: 8:35 AM

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is the only hope left in the party and all eyes will be on whether he takes on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, said veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin.

While qualifying that he is not a Khairy admirer, Kadir said that there does not appear to be any other promising young leader in Umno.

"No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to find another equally visible candidate to take over Umno in the years to come.

"(That is) assuming that the party survives the current leadership crisis witchhunt, vendetta, and 'MAD' (mutually assured destruction)," wrote Kadir in his blog today.

Kadir said Khairy's recent comments have struck the right chord, particularly at a students' forum on Sunday.

"He said the government needs to immediately deal with its trust deficit and the crisis of confidence to stem the free fall of the ringgit.

"He was also quoted as saying that the party, meaning Umno, is bigger than one man. Read: Najib.

"Like many in Umno, Khairy ( photo ) knows that Najib is a goner in as far as public confidence and trust are concerned," said Kadir.

Now that Khairy has admitted the problem, Kadir said what remains to be seen is whether the former will walk the talk.

'Fake pejuang'

"If he (Khairy) does nothing beyond speaking, he will go down in history as an Umno Youth leader who missed the opportunity to do something good for his party and something great for his country.

"Where does he stand and how does he feature in all the formulations and permutations concerning the future leadership of the country in the post-Najib era?

"He could seize that occasion to prove that he dares to walk the talk or he can merely affirm that he is yet another self-serving, sweet-talking, fake pejuang (warrior)," wrote Kadir.

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