First, let me make it known here that Mukhriz doesn't know who I am even though we met a couple of times. This is to let you know that I got no vested interest in supporting him.
I support Mukhriz simply because he is a good and sincere man, that's all. He inspires me that way.
Not even his people know who I am. If you ask any of them, they may claim to know who I am so that they look knowledgeable, but the truth is they don't know shit about me.
As for the question whether Mukhriz was the only one who can save Umno, let us consider the others. Who among them could inspire me? Inspired here means because of that person's admirable character, you are moved to do something such as setting up a blog to support Umno without anyone paying you any sum of money. You were just inspired to do it.
Well, do you expect me to be inspired by this lady? Or do you, yourself inspired by her?
I actually would if she had sacrificed herself for the party after getting herself mired in the NFC scandal, which caused an estimated half a million fence sitters' votes to cross over from BN to Pakatan.
Or do you expect me to be inspired by this guy?
Ok, I know the guy is relatively harmless, but you tell me la on what ground should I be inspired by him. Just tell me, what are his achievements as a minister all these years? Can you remember anything remarkable?
Fine, those were the not so popular ones. What about the most popular among them at the moment, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi?
Well, he has been making all the right sound bites ever since appointed as Home Minister, making him the garang Melayu type, supposedly. But then again, after Hishammuddin as Home Minister, anyone with a bit of brain can look great holding that post. I'm not saying Hishammuddin got no brain at all, it's just that he was bound by a lot of things and his character was simply not suitable for a Home Minister.
But then again, what were exactly Zahid's real achievements which could inspire someone like me? You tell me la.
Honestly, the most memorable thing about Zahid that I could remember was his speech at the Umno Youth assembly in 1998 where he spoke on the behest of then deputy president Anwar Ibrahim, who was attacking his boss Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
You may say that it was a long time ago and that Zahid was young at that time. But the truth is, Zahid was then in his mid-40s, and not some young punk who knows no better. A man of that age should know what he is doing.
Being influenced and used by Anwar like that shows a serious sign of a flawed character. And a person's character never change. In that sense, personally I think Hishammuddin is better than Zahid.
And in addition to that, Zahid is surrounded by several not so appealing characters. At least they are unsavory in my eyes, the same as those several other characters surrounding PM Najib Razak.
So, you tell me la, what are there for me to be inspired by Umno leaders?
The most I can say when someone ask me why I supported Umno despite not being its member is that - Hey, they got Mukhriz and he is a good guy. On top of that, he led the recapture of Kedah in GE13.
But unfortunately, they had confined him in Kedah.
I will write about that part tomorrow - why Mukhriz's defeat in the VP race means the end of his career at the national level.