Kuala Lumpur – Former Editor in Chief Of The New Straits Times Press (NSTP), Datuk A Kadir Jasin expressed that Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ) has the opportunity to become the next Deputy Prime Minister should Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak step down before the upcoming 14th General Election.
Kadir stated that this situation is likely to occur should the Prime Minister hand over his duties to cousin and current Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
“Should fate come to play that Najib is forced to retreat before the next General Election PRU14, current Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister of Home Affairs, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would be a logical alternative.
“However, should Muhyiddin be disinterested and exhausted from the Deputy Prime Minister position, the top position would most likely fall into the hands of Hishammudin Hussein, with Khairy as potential DPM,” wrote Kadir today in his official blog, The Scribe A Kadir Jasin.
The veteran journalist believes that KJ is deemed the most qualified leader with caliber and is a stand out amongst others in the current UMNO leadership.
“In a social media driven world, everyone knows that Khairy sends his son to national school, as opposed to many Umno chiefs, also ministers who tactfully send their children to elite private schools. He himself is a part of the Territorial Army regiment.
“Nothing is impossible in politics. Khairy is ranked the most prominent candidate. Like it or not, unless we can find someone who is more charismatic, eloquent and intelligent in the near future,” said Kadir.
He observed that after the disastrous results of the 12th General Election which caused former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down, KJ who was not in favour of many could have fallen through. However, resolute and confident, he went on to win the Umno Youth Chief position. Reaffirming his position as Minister of Youth and Sports, KJ has definitely dominated the hierarchy of the party.
“For that, he should be grateful to Najib. As a matter of fact, I was among those who wanted Khairy to be given a ministerial post when he won the Youth chief position,” he said in the same statement.
In addition, he said that KJ’s position appears more secure with an advantage over the other Umno leadership line-up with his current position, a combination of Youth chief and cabinet minister.
“Whether Najib realises it or not, Khairy has emerged at the forefront in succession of the Umno hierarchy. Khairy stands in a respectable position after the President, Deputy President and three Vice Presidents.
“I trust Najib is aware of this and building a power alliance of his own, and has been gathering supporters since he was the youth and sports minister himself,” Kadir said.