Here are excerpts of the interview,
Question: This next question is likely on everybody's mind. What can we expect from your position in the party election?
Answer: I'm running out of time before nomination day. I must admit that I'm still in two minds about this matter. I know I am going to contest but in which position, I haven't decided. I have taken the opportunity to talk to as many people as possible and I must say that the views I received vary.
The most ideal situation is when the leadership's mind is synchronised with the masses. My worry is what if we are not. I am loyal to the party and I hope no one will question that. Whatever I do, I always bear that in mind... whether I'm doing it for the good of the party. I never put self-interest above the party. I read some comments in blogs which accuse me of having it easy all the time. You know, like he's been secured, protected and given the easy path all the way.
Well, my first attempt to contest was as the Youth chief of Kubang Pasu and I lost by nine votes despite my father having been the division chief there for 35 years. I won with the highest number of votes in the Youth exco but lost when I contested the chief post, where I came in third among three contenders. This time around, at the general election, I chose to contest at a seat that we had previously lost. So, how could this be a grand design for me to reach a higher level?
Don't you think that if I had such aspirations, I should have gone and contested in places like Kuah or Jitra, which were sure bets?
So, I think it's clear that I took calculated risks as I knew what I was doing. Not many understood why I was taking chances as even my father (former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) was not so keen about me standing at state level, and worst still, at a seat where we have lost before.
Even the prime minister was surprised that I said Air Hitam when he asked where I wanted to stand. Of all places, reports were that Air Hitam was not so safe as the votes there swinged a lot and there were also many who tended to vote for Pas. But I was comfortable and confident, and I felt that if I was there to win back the state, I myself must contribute a seat. What's the point of me standing in a safe seat and expect BN to win the state back?
That's why I think I am okay with taking risks and I have a proven track record in that regard. I have absolutely no qualms about being in difficult situations and that it's all for the party.
Question: A lot of people see you as representing the more youthful side of Umno, despite yourself being almost 50 years old. How do you feel about that and in what way do you think you can contribute to rejuvenating the party?
Answer: I don't know whether it's really about being young or old. I find that at some point or another, the general perception is that the party may veer from its original cause and that a lot of people, many of them young people, want Umno to go back to its original values. So, because this set of people who want to see a revived Umno tend to be younger, that's why they say its a generational thing.
I think it's not really so. A lot of things have happened in the party, some are good and quite a lot that are not so great which damaged the party's reputation and image. I've made it at least a personal mission to clean up the party's image and I hope others will be with me. That's why, whenever I have the chance, I talk about integrity, about being professional, about being work oriented and having the right values as well as being grounded in Islam.
All these things, everyone knows are good for the party.
Coincidently, a lot of young people I talked to share the same feelings. Many of them told me that they voted for BN and Umno mainly because they didn't like the other guys. That is not good enough. I don't want them to vote for us just because they don't like the opposition. I want them to vote for us because they trust us and they believe in us and they want to be with us in the true sense. Well, how do you feel if someone (you love) says I love you because I don't like the other guy?
This old adage about the devil you know, that can't be it. So, I hope more in the party will champion this issue. Just look at whenever we go into an election or by-election, we can see how the other side behaves. They act like ruffians. They accuse us of practising graft and abuse of power. I don't think we addressed that enough and a lot of young people believe those accusations.
We shouldn't assume that just because there is no evidence, the young people shouldn't believe those accusations. We haven't done enough to exonerate ourselves from that. And do bear in mind that those guys who accuse us, they actually don't even have the moral high ground to make such accusations. And yet, their unsubstantiated allegations form misperceptions about Umno as a whole. I hope to clean up the party's reputation and image.
For the rest of the interview, please click on this link
'I am here to chart a new course'
I also think he is the one.ReplyDelete
Nop. He's not the one. He lacks the intellect to be the one nor does he ooze that insight or clarity.Delete
And the cibai is here too to create negative comments around.. what a crap Anon 14.46 and anon 14.49..Delete
of course he is the one who banned syiah in Kedah, who else ?Delete
Aiyah! these red bean armee ahhh they see beh seeoow one ahh!!!Delete
"And yet, their unsubstantiated allegations form misperceptions about Umno as a whole. I hope to clean up the party's reputation and image."Delete
His father Mahathir just said in an interview yesterday that 200 ringgit can sway UMNO members vote..hehe.
And here his own son Mukhriz trying to paint another picture.
The Malays knows how many billions that Mukhriz and his brothers and sister have accumulated! Ever read the Forbes yearly list of lanun? And UMNO members and the Malays are so poor that 200 ringgit said his father can sway the votes. This is not misperception this is your own father speaking bro.
The party reputation does not need cleaning idiot. The Malays voted for UMNO in the last PRU13. Obviously Mukhriz is just another would be UMNO bangsawan who thinks the Malays need saving while saving billions for his families first.
The Malays want what is their right. And that is Petronas billions that have been given to the Chinese and Indians by his father!!
So ahli UMNO dan orang Melayu awas! Awas anak kepada anak orang India Kerala ini. Sekali tergigit..
This is a leader who understood, 'word without action is nothing'. And also this is a leader who biologically embraced the meaning of Article 3 in the Umno's constitution.ReplyDelete
I like the way you translate your thoughts and leadership during the interview with NST. It's an honest humble, down to earth and precise evaluation of UMNO at Kedah and at the federal level. Way to go bro.!
I believe that when you mentioned "calculated risks" that means you go for broke, that is a trait for a leader, never afraid to the forefront unlike some leaders in UMNO who always survived seeking for the comfort zone.
UMNO needs young blood ( literally speaking, you're touching 50 already, now don't that get to your head bro. You can be uncle and atuk by now.) but that's what UMNO needs. Reaching towards that
millions of melayus out there whose been hoodwinked by Anwar and the likes of Kit Siang and his son.Pas is a lost cause. They are in a delirium.Their shepherd promises them heaven and they go for it. In other words Pas members are zombies.
In the upcoming UMNO elections, we the MELAYUS, not the UMNO members, not the melayus in PAS, in DAP's or PKR's needs a true blood melayu mentality groomed from young to lead us into the next general elections. Are you up to it.? You don't need to be your father's boy.
Today my comments is not to hang up those dirty linens for those
UMNO deadwoods, failures and kaki bodeks to be barbecued, but for them to realise undur lah sewaktu ada nama masih harum, macam bunga taik ayam, dari jauh cantik, dari dekat busuk ya amat.!
May your conscience is clear. Go for it. May the force be with you
anon 14:37,so, Mukhriz patut undur ke ataupon masuk tanding ? Sila jelaskan.Delete
Hes an UMNO man thank god...doesnt use labels e.g centrist la right wing la n ckp x syok sndri mcm sorang lagi tu. He will go very far insyaallah.ReplyDelete
Over the Malays dead body..hehe..not another Indian mtf in UMNO leadership. Just remember how his father tried to destroy UMNO and the Malays masquerading as a Malay.Delete
Haha you two spinsters really think a like. Rejuvenate what?ReplyDelete
Remember is father is the one who cause all the Malay anger now with his "swastakan" all the Malay Government assets to indian and chinese capitalists.
All ports in the federated Malay states now run by Chinese and Indians. Even Kuantan Port run by Quanxi from China!
All IPPs owned by Chinese and Indians and his brother.
His father was the one who asked the Malays not to depend on the Malay Government and asking Malays to vote against UMNO which is the Malay tongkat. UMNO is the Malays very big tongkat to hit those coloniser and subversives.
You two really dont understand the malay issues and causes. So thats why some explanation is worthwhile.
So definitely, it is better for Kedah to be ruled by PAS Malays rather than a mamak. Remember it was Azizan who set 70% of housing for the 70% Malays in Kedah. Not his father.
His father caused UMNO to lose Kedah and what is to stop the Malays from voting PAS again in PRU14?
Rejuvenate problems16 September 2013 14:49. Heck you answer to your own question bro, here it is " Rejuvenate what?" by your own self. Stupid.Delete
So what is wrong being a mammak.? Being afro american does validate and
legalise Barrack Obama to be the president of the united states of america.?
Once the slaves of the white supremacy practiced by the whites,? Yuck Fou
to you. I am a mammak, so stop going to the mammak shops for you and your like for a teh tarik, football events or even for snack if you despise us mammak.
You are a real racists ever will be. Yet I know that every MALAYSIANS will go to the mammak shop, screw you bastard.
Do you know that your glorified leader BABI also known brother anwar bin ibrahim is also a mammak.? Check out your facts, does he qualify to be your leader. ?
If you're so learned why not tell us the facts and not just hearsay. You can put
your findings here, this is not a school boy essay where only a few words is
permitted. In nut shell you're just an empty vessel trying to provoke but without substance.
Yo bro, do you actually know how many mammaks are in Kedah, especially
the hindu kingdoms first landed there.? Or javanese, banjars, bugis, thais.? Do you.?
You say it all bro Anon 15:49. I am not from the Mamak blood line but I am colored skin. If this Meathead Anon 14:49 in against the colour of my skin, let it be. A bigot as he his, pronounced him as an excessively zealous Meathead. He his not alone though. He his not a voice but merely noises. Kita cerita berkenaan Mukhris's leadership, dia cerita nak jual belacan. Berbatu juah Beb!!Delete
Indian Muslim should be proud of their Indian heritage and speak Tamil ma. Dont try to pretend to be Malay like Mahathir and Mukhriz.Delete
So let the Malays talk about Malay politics. Just shoo away ok. Go look after your dirty restoran maybe.
Pls..pls.. please contest the VP seat. MUKHRIZ is a late bloomer in politics but has great talent in him.. He participated in UMNO only after Tun M resigned from PM seat.. that's a very good sign on how sincere this man is. what mamak? Stupid RBA geng.. do you really think Malay is really pure race? We have been mixing blood around since the dark ages but 1 think sure.. we practice Islam and Speak Malay Language. So shut up 'Rejuvenate Problem!!!!!! I'm fed up with the current umno old leadership!ReplyDelete
what great talents Mukhriz ? Banning syiah ? driving porsche ? or dancing with wife ?Delete
one of Mukhriz talents is ...organizing kempen derma darah.Delete
I just finished reading the interview. Phewwh..The words he used pointing to somewhere higher. I've got the feeling he's gonna go for it.ReplyDelete
Mukhriz ni tak boleh pakai dah, nak debat dengan KJ pon takut.ReplyDelete
Mukhriz is a loyal party man. The only time I can recall him opposing the party leadership was when AAB and MM were fighting it out. He has stoutly defended BN policies (even ISA) and has been an effective weapon against PAS in Kedah. But if he were no MM's son, would he still have the level of support he does? I think some of his support is from people wishing to have a leader like MM. Plus we like political dynasties here. But Mukhriz is not his dad. I don't see him as being so quick-witted or far-sighted. He may get to be a VP is he stands but it would be hard against the incumbents and maybe five years cementing his reputation as an efficient and effective CM will be a better course for a guy who has been burnt when taking risks in the past.ReplyDelete
Has anyone seen or being invited to Mukhriz lavish mansion lately ?ReplyDelete
Has anyone seen or being invited to the Lim's dynasty sets of mansions and Singhs palaces lately? If you haven't then SHUT THE FUCKING MOUTH!Delete
"Anonymous16 September 2013 15:26Delete
Has anyone seen or being invited to Mukhriz lavish mansion lately ?"
May I ask you the same question, Have you.? Any pictures to substantiate.
Anything to add to your sour grapes comments.? Or are you that one of those fools to tipu bohong kaki fitnah from Pas and the rests belonging in PKR the likes of Keadilans and DAPIGS.?
It makes me to wonder, why is that this RBA or the evil oppositions really love Pak Lah to remain the PM instead of Najib the last time? And they hated Najib so much until it proved that Najib will mess the country up even further and many bloggers wanting him to step down to give muhyidin the opportunity to fix the country. All of a sudden now, they are starting to like Najib and want him to still be the PM. I wonder why....? They hate Mahathir too and of course they'll do anything to stop Mukhriz to be in the picture. In another word, they want UMNO to be filled up with all these expired, corrupt and dumb Malays like Najib who can't even control his ugly thick haired midget wife, Mak Ijat, Nazri the pirate and Hishamuddin the clown.. Why? They don't want UMNO to change because they know in the next election, we will lose and they will take over.Delete
ala anon 16:13...senang aje,search kat google, type mukhriz mansion, gambar dan cerita akan muncul, takkan ni pon tak tahu buat !Delete
Have you read about Nik Aziz's son flying on a private jet? Anwar Aljuburi having RM 2.0 billion in banks overseas? Nik Aziz's brother's mansion in Kampong Sireh that caught fire recently? Don't be such a sour grape!
anon 19:52... but Mahathir has USD54 billion, more than Hosni Mubarak.Delete
Anwar Aljuburi RM2.0 billion Vs Mahathir USD54 Billion.Delete
Nik Aziz brother mansion Vs Mukhriz Mansion
Nik Aziz Son flying private jet Vs Mokhzani owning & driving Bugatti Veyron
Siapa hebat ?
Aljuburi and Mahathir are both Indians.. they tricked the Malays and made billions for their families.Delete
Annie, can you please take down Mukriz picture; he looks so uninspired.ReplyDelete
What to Do? Goldfish Eyes...Bald and Cheesy (Didn't say Ugly OK?)...Can't help it. You get what you see. Brains? Yet to prove there's something somewhere between the ears.Delete
Akak ni dasyatla, mmg le terrer klu smpi redbean army target blog akak. Akak best...ReplyDelete
Has Mukriz made any tough decisions in the past? Or is he more of a wait-and-see type of a guy? The one who delegates tough decisions to others? Can anyone for that reason help to clarify and maybe enumerate any...gracias peepsReplyDelete
One who does not ruffle the feathers, does not bring in meaningful changes. So how can an umno member such as me expect him to chart new course when history and previous track record points towards a yes man? I do not have anything against Mukriz but its kinda hard for me to see where he is or would be heading if he so takes the post. An article by Aunty Annie would do justice to this question, wouldn't it? And perhaps some free pretzels to us the visitors too, no? Munching while reading is moreeee refreshing.ReplyDelete
Sejarah menunjukkan hanya mantan Ketua Pemuda UMNO je pernah jadi PM.ReplyDelete
Mukhriz tak nak jadi PM ke ?
can anyone recall where Mukhriz ever makes a stand on a national or international issues ?ReplyDelete
what issues? In Malaysia no issues ok. But lately Mukhriz has been very busy organizing a tayangan percuma Tanda Putera movie for all the kedah folks to entertain, isn't he great.Delete
Hidup Mukhriz !!
Sigh...RBA expect any opposition leaders could achieve world peace. I is feel very kelakar. U hate the gomen of the day so much u just hv to try to bring it down ala egyptian style dont u? Pls accept the fact that anwar has liwated the whole nation and still keep doing it.Delete
I bet Rp1million that Mukhriz will not contest the VP position.ReplyDelete
Najib will not allow him. He is a threat to both Najib and KJ.
Zahid Hamidi did say he has to seek the Boss's Permission.Delete
In terms of marketing, if we put the picture of Mukriz on magnum ice cream wrapper it might boost sales, especially in Langkawi. Maybe if Mukriz can first develop Langkawi into a viable and lively tourist destination then maybe Najib will consider him seriously. Think of the millions that would pour in from the Indian tourists. hehe.ReplyDelete
I think one must read Tun's statements with this context. He is giving the signal for Mukhriz to take on one of the VP slots.ReplyDelete
But I think it is suicide, and Mukhriz must learn how to differentiate unpolitically initiated blog readers with the real political power brokers. Remember how Mukhriz team was championing him in 2009 only for him to come out last? And that time there was a massive anti Khairy sentiment and anti Khir sentiment as well, but he lost to both.
The reason is that each of the major contenders - Zahid Hamidi, Hishammudin, Shafie Apdal, Ali Rustam and Isa have their pockets of supporters. If Muhkriz enters its a pack of 6 for 3 positions i.e. in combination terms 6C3, or altogether 20 different possibilities. If Mukrhiz throws in his hat, then this will put pressure on other powerful candidates like Dato Seri Khalid or even Zambry to throw in their hat as well. Then it could end up 7c3 or 8c3. Mukhriz odds drop from 50% to 40%.
Thats the straight mathematical analysis.
Now the political analysis is that each and every MB will go out of the way to thwart Mukhriz because he is now attempting to upset the apple cart and the order. How do you think Zambry will feel after he had successfully defended a tough state like Perak, and has declared his intention to cement the party machinery rather than go all out for personal political ambition. And how would DSWAR's supporters react to this. Lastly, has Mukhriz even enough support within Kedah to ensure that all the divisions nominate him. He knows he will get 0 from Sabah, and you cannot afford to lose badly in Sabah.
But as I say, contest. Don't contest. Mukhriz will have to learn the hard way once again. His advisers are arm chair bloggers who failed to deliver last time. Will it be two times lucky?
You do the maths.
Mukhriz and Zambry are both Indian meh...Delete