THE KHAIRY CHRONICLES MALAYSIA TODAY SPECIAL REPORT PART 5. The heir and the pretender. Some time ago, a young UMNO. directed by his then year old son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, and his. Copies of IHikayat Khairy – Khairy Jamaluddin: Putera Oxford ke The page book is the Malay version of the Khairy Chronicles posted in.
Weblog dwibahasa MERDEKA diwujudkan untuk mengetengahkan pandangan, penjelasan dan pemikiran mengenai aspek-aspek penting dalam kehidupan sama ada dari sudut peribadi, khakry, kemasyarakatan, kenegaraan dan keantarabangsaan. Ia dilandaskan kepada prinsip dialog secara beradab untuk mencari kebenaran dan dengan kebenaran itu keadilan dapat dibina. Political journalist Yahaya Ismail recently wrote a book called Khairy Jamaluddin: While the book contains many facts and educated guesses on the future of Khairy, the title itself is in gross error.
Khairy Jamaluddin is not a future Prime Minister. He is already the de facto Prime Minister. However, even before he assumed office, it was quite clear that Abdullah Badawi was not his own man – that all his thoughts, actions and deeds were heavily influenced, if not directed by his then year old son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, and his coterie of friends. While some talked of the three Ks being the power behind Pak Lah, namely Khairy, Kalimullah the Group Chief Editor of the New Straits Times and Khairj Endon Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood Ambak, wife of the Prime Ministerthere is no doubt that the first K is the most powerful, having appointed the second K to his post and having married the third K’s daughter at a time when the third K was and is fighting breast cancer, an illness that has already claimed the third K’s twin sister.
Many say that this is not unusual. There are similarities between these figures and Khairy. For one thing, all seem to act as puppet-masters, pulling the strings of the wooden characters who are the cjronicles of the country in name.
All came from rather obscure backgrounds to emerge suddenly upon the national scene in a blaze of glory. Yet all had the fatal flaw of a congenital defect which led them to believe that they were immortal, invincible and all-knowing.
In the end, all succumbed to the temptations of power. Will this also happen to Khairy? The signs of discontent are quite clear. While Dr Mahathir himself at first warmed to Khairy and his friends, appointing for example Khairy’s bosom buddy from Oxford, Dr Vincent Lim Kian Teck, as his second Chinese political secretary, he eventually found Khairy an overbearing presence upon Abdullah. But at that time it was already too late. Mahathir had announced his retirement and Abdullah Badawi was the heir-designate.
For whatever bad that Mahathir had done, he knew he could not afford to change his mind on the succession after the crippling failure of the removal of Anwar Ibrahim. He thought it discourteous that Khairy insisted Mahathir send Abdullah for an overseas tete-a-tete meeting with the US President, even when Mahathir had dismissed the idea as “premature” and “unnecessary”.
Mahathir rankled when his former political secretary, Matthias Chang, reported to him that Khairy had mentioned in an informal student gathering in London that both Mahathir and Daim deserved to go to jail after Abdullah Badawi takes over.
But like all of Khairy’s enemies, Mahathir underestimated “the boy”. He thought that as leader of the country for 22 years, and the most powerful man in the country, Khairy could be pushed off the scene as and when Mahathir likes even when he was no longer in charge. Mahathir trusted that his immensely strong iron grip on UMNO could be utilised behind the scenes to bend Khairy to the Mahathir whim. But it was not to be. Mahathir’s son, Mukhriz found himself humiliated when he tried to challenge Khairy for the deputy leadership of UMNO youth.
In spite of Mahathir’s monetary support, several large gatherings to pep up the Youth voters and the far-reaching tentacles of ANSARA the former Mara students alumni group headed and funded by Mukhriz as khiary closet political toolMukhriz found that the rising son-in-law was more powerful than the fading son.
He humiliatingly lost the UMNO Youth Head position in his father’s own constituency and got pitiful support for his national ambitions. Mahathir at last realised that he had stepped down in Novemberthe most powerful man in the country, only to be replaced by a year-old. Khairy is now and for the near future the most powerful man in the country.
First, Khairy is the main gatekeeper in Abdullah Badawi’s office. No letter, fax, proposal, document, appeal, communication, correspondence or presentation lands onto Abdullah’s desk without first going through the screening of aides Datuk Wan Farid and Zaki Zahid.
When any proposal comes through to them, they immediately make copies for Khairy Jamaluddin. Copies are necessary because Khairy is no longer officially with Abdullah’s office. Yet, official or not, he is still the gatekeeper and needs to see all that comes to Abdullah’s office. In spite of the existence of the post of Chief Private Secretary held by Dato’ Thajudeen Abd Wahab a long-time Abdullah Ohairy loyalist and civil servantthose appointments made through Dato’ Thajudeen’s office inevitably get copied to Khairy and get vetted by him.
Though Dato’ Thajudeen is chronkcles by this unorthodox arrangement, his long-time friendship with Abdullah is not strong enough to overrule his boss’ son-in-law. Of course it is not cheap to get an appointment to see Abdullah.
The gatekeepers also act as toll-collectors. And UMNO is rife with mutterings of dissatisfaction, due to the high price some say up to RM50, exacted by people close to Abdullah merely to secure an appointment with the Prime Minister. While this “custom” has always existed in varying degrees throughout the rule of all five Prime Ministers of Malaysia, it has never been so thorough and blatant as it is now. This is because payment of RM50, alone is not sufficient to secure an audience.
There must also be promises of involving some of Khairy’s companies in eventual projects if such audiences are to be successful. Some may argue why this happens in spite of Abdullah Badawi’s image as Mr Clean. But that image is merely a perception.
Compared to other ministers Abdullah is relatively clean, but this was not because of want of trying. Abdullah was in charge of ministries with little “opportunity” to exact “tributes” such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for many years he was out of the government. His political position as a former Tengku Razaleigh-Musa Hitam supporter was always very precarious and Abdullah Badawi was too fearful to drink from the poisoned chalice of corruption.
However the situation has now changed. Abdullah Badawi is all-powerful as Prime Minister and relies on Khairy to prop up that position. Khairy Jamaluddin knows that it is not long before Pak Lah will be challenged by Najib or anyone else backed by Dr Mahathir.
Thus he must make hay while the sun shines. The second method by which Abdullah is controlled by Khairy is through Khairy’s insistence on appointing key personnel at the decision-forming level within Abdullah’s office and also in other powerful ministries. No less than ten of Khairy’s friends from his university days who are all in their late twenties or early thirties currently occupy posts equivalent to chief executive in many of the ministries more will be detailed in later parts of this report.
Abdullah Badawi cannot function if these figures do not function. In other words, he is completely reliant on their actions. For example, let us say that Abdullah goes for a foreign trip to Venezuela for a trade mission.
The person who prepares the itinerary is a Khairy appointee a fellow ex-student from the UK. He submits the paper to Khazanah’s Director of Investments another Khairy appointee for discussion. It is discussed with people from Ethos Consulting a Khairy-related company and finally gets approved by a meeting of Foreign Ministry civil servants which willy-nilly is often attended by Khairy himself in spite hcronicles him having no official position in government.
Who Is The Real Khairy Jamaludin – Malaysia Today
When Abdullah comes back from Venezuela, discussions with President Hugo Chavez is discussed with the private office of the Prime Minister headed and made up completely of Khairy’s appointees and decisions are made by Abdullah Badawi after a night’s discussion at home with Khairy himself.
Little wonder that Khairy Jamaluddin has such an extensive control on Abdullah – and this was exactly how the Venezuelan trip of the Prime Minister took place! Thirdly, Khairy Jamaluddin controls Abdullah Badawi through his insistence on exerting his unofficial role as the Prime Minister’s closest chronivles.
An incident that took place in the foreign ministry shows it all. A meeting was called by Minister Syed Hamid Albar. It was a top-level meeting, a briefing to the Prime Minister in a closed session. In attendance were the Prime Minister, the Minister, the Deputy Ministers, the Secretary General of the ministry and his deputies – and Khairy Jamaluddin, at that time neither in the Prime Minister’s office nor holding any official post.
Syed Hamid insisted that the meeting be closed khaiyr Khairy. Abdullah demurred, partly out of fear that if Khairy was not in the room he would be ill-advised. Such a situation shows not only how strong Khairy is, but how weak Abdullah can be. Therein lies the danger of Khairy Jamaluddin.
He is an unelected person within the government, yet his influence outweighs that of the whole cabinet; even that of the Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. As long as Abdullah is in power and Khairy is married to his daughter, Khairy Jamaluddin will continue to be the actual ruler of Malaysia. Whether knowingly or not, democracy in Malaysia has been reduced considerably since Khairy Jamaluddin came to the fore and there is no longer any check and balance within the government.
Surely the people of Malaysia should know about the phenomenon of Khairy Jamaluddin since their lives now so much depend on it. Malaysia Today will chronicle the rise of Khairy, how he influences UMNO and the government, name his allies and enemies and how he interacts with them. More importantly, Malaysia Today will try to lay bare the mystery of Khairy and identify the tentacles he uses to reach for power.
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