Updated: Just Look at My Track Records - An evaluation of Khairy Jamaluddin's performance since 2004 by Jebat Must Die.
Dr Mahathir, Kalimullah, Khairy himself? Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's son-in-law was not expected to be trailing in the Umno Youth chief race. But he is.* I did not expect him to be so desperate as to claim to have been "demonised", either. But he did. Read the Malay Mail's exclusive interview I've been demonised, says Khairy.
In the interview with veteran journo Zainal Epi, whose last job was editing a magazine funded by a strong supporter of KJ, the 32-year-old SIL says he is a victim of politics of demonisation and that the demonisation process has gone on for so long. While not naming the parties involved, he did not dismiss the suggestion that they were "influential people within Umno".
He also said this: "I have maintained from the very beginning that if there is any wrongdoing on my part, people should come forward and make concrete complaints, lodge concrete reports, whether to the police of the Anti-Corruption Agency or whoever for them to investigate".
On the last bit, I'll just reserve my comment until I've read the full transcript of the interview in today's (Nov 4) Malay Mail. I'm curious to see if Zainal Epi still has it in him to probe his subject ...
p.s. Anybody remembers Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan's half-fiction And who, really, is demonising whom? which he wrote on June 11, 2006? Click here to go back memory lane. Kali and KJ must have lots of demons ...
* KJ has 51 nominations for the Umno Youth top post, trailing behind Khir Toyo's 55 and Mukhriz Mahathir's 68. All three have qualified for the race, scheduled for March next year.