A prevalent notion about Khairy Jamaluddin is that he is elite, out-of-touch and distant from the common Malaysian. In fact, his opponents in the race for Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia have made it a point to perpetuate exactly that perception.
This group is, among others, a modest attempt to test the notion; the creators of the group strongly believe that despite the persistent bad press he receives – some justified and others not – Khairy Jamaluddin is a substantially popular figure among fair-minded young Malaysians.
In the heated race to assume the post of UMNO Youth Head, Khairy Jamaluddin is the only candidate to contest on a decidedly multi-racial platform, stating more than once, "I am contesting as a Malaysian as much as a Malay".
His slogan of "Setiakawan" (Friendship and Unity) is a comprehensive message of engagement and outreach to all sections of the Malay and Malaysian youth. Much has yet to be done of course, but the least we can do is give this man a chance to fulfil his pledge to make UMNO more inclusive, friendly and relevant to all, and to not propagate an UMNO identifiable only to right wing, conservative Malays.
1) still believe in the fundamental premises of UMNO but believe that substantive reforms need to be made in the way it carries itself as well as the policies it prescribes as the party of government;
2) are not aligned to any political party or even sympathetic to the Opposition, but want to see a more centrist UMNO in the interest of healthy national democratic space
3) are of the opinion that Khairy Jamaluddin has made mistakes in the past, but also believe that an articulate and intelligent young Malay should be supported and encouraged to fulfil his potentials in public service.
PLEASE JOIN THIS GROUP!