Bloggers vs KJ, round 2

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

Online attacks against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, which tapered off with the departure of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, have been reignited by speculation that the Rembau MP will be made a deputy minister.

Bloggers campaigning against Khairy alleged that the Umno Youth leaders retreat held in Janda Baik last week had failed to attract a significant number of participants, to prove their point that the son-in-law of the fourth prime minister should not be promoted to the front bench.

“We are confident that PM Najib who is focusing on stabilising the economy and development will not make the strategic mistake or take a big risk by bringing Khairy Jamaluddin into his administration,” said a posting in a pro-Mahathir blog, BigDogDotCom.

The blog also alleged that Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi had openly supported Khairy to be made a minister at the Umno Youth retreat.

It also gave reasons why Khairy should not be made deputy minister, among which is appeasing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Many are of the opinion that if the appointment comes true, Tun Dr Mahathir will start attacking PM Najib, like how PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah was attacked for three years,” said the blog.