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Khairy, think beyond your personal political survival

Trying to track UMNO Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin’s political positions is liable to leave one dizzy.

At one moment, he’s a firebrand for the bangsa. At the other, he’s the voice of “moderation” in UMNO.

He can repeatedly express grave concern and demand answers over the GST, 1MDB and Tabung Haji imbroglios one day and then suddenly reverse himself and protest his full support for embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The fact is that his repeated reversals over current issues suggests that YB Khairy’s first—and indeed only—priority appears to be his political survival, rather than the aspirations and interests of the youth of Malaysia.

I sincerely hope that his latest comments does not mean that UMNO Youth will cease to speak out critically over the abovementioned issues.

The youth and people of Malaysia need leaders like Khairy—as Minister of Youth and Sports—to hold their superiors accountable over the questionable actions that our government and public institutions are undertaking with seeming abandon.

But sadly, we have been let down again and again.

If he had principles, Khairy should take up Rafizi Ramli’s challenge to resign if he cannot obtain satisfactory answers over 1MDB’s dealings with Tabung Haji and KWAP.

And he should disclose whatever explanations the Prime Minister has given him, as well as why he finds these answers satisfactory.

His failing to do so will show the youth of Malaysia that they have no voice in Putrajaya.