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Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 7:31:10 AM
PETALING JAYA: Even before the campaign trail heats up in the run-up to the Umno election, whispers are on the ground to support “anyone but Khairy Jamaluddin” (ABKJ) to head the Youth wing.
The incumbent is facing four challengers for the pivotal spot, seen by many as a growing attempt to deny him a second term.
The four bidding to unseat Khairy include Bendang Baru Umno Youth chief Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, 39, the son of former Cabinet member and ex-Kedah mentri besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.
The others are former Merbok Umno Youth chief Abdul Karim Ali, 49; Pusat Bandar Taman Chempaka Umno Youth branch assistant secretary Syed Rosli Syed Harman Jamallulail, 37; and Bukit Setiawangsa Umno Youth chief Irwan Ambak Khalid Izhar, 37.
Abdul Karim said the rumblings did not come as a surprise which, he added, could have far-reaching implications on the outcome of the Umno Youth election.
“This time around, the ground opinion and perception could not be ignored as more grassroots leaders have been given the power to vote under the party’s transformation plan,” he said, referring to the potential 70,000 Youth members who are eligible to cast their votes this time around.
Abdul Karim, a civil engineer, added: “We should not undermine the intelligence of the grassroots members.”
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