|Monday, 28 February 2011 16:35|
Recently Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir was appointed the new deputy chairman for the Kedah Umno State liaison of which Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah is the new chairman. The son of the fourth prime minister is seen as one of the new breed of politicians with a sharp mind and less unnecessary talk compared to old-fashioned politicians who are often seen as overly talkative in which most of their speeches comprise of nonsense more than anything else. With responsibility to recapture Kedah in his hands many might question whether the deputy minister of International Trade and Industry have what it takes to take on the task.
Is Mukhriz the Man for Kedah?
In terms of leadership, Mukhriz’s involvement and experience in various charitable and humanity organizations such as Peace Malaysia and ANSARA proves that he has good leadership abilities. Having his own style of politicking, many would see him as thoughtful and non-confrontational.
Mukhriz’s Influence in Kedah
Mukhriz is already well-known among the people of Kedah, especially in Jerlun ever since he was elected as the representative of Parliament there in March 2008. Mukhriz even said that he is optimistic about resolving the problems and are prepared to face the next general election where he most probably would contest for state seat. With that, it is highly possible that Mukhriz is the man to take helm of Kedah as the state needs a young leader like him. Plus, the failure of Kedah’s current Chief Minister on delivering his promises to the people played a major factor in swinging the support of the people back to Barisan Nasional (BN).
Voting Trend in Kedah
After the previous general election, it seems that the people of Kedah favor Pakatan Rakyat, mainly PKR and PAS, to BN. However, recently the trend has shown that the support is slowly shifting towards BN. According to some, it is said the Malay support for PAS has not changed, but it is the support for Pakatan that has shifted. Since PAS is part of the Pakatan, this has very much affected the overall support as people are starting to question the capabilities of the opposition coalition.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the writer.