LAST_UPDATEThu, 21 Jun 2018 4pm

Khairy Jamaluddin: Why I Think Gen Y Look Up To Him

Khairy, or better known as his initials KJ, is liked by the Gen Y in Malaysia/Google ImagesKhairy, or better known as his initials KJ, is liked by the Gen Y in Malaysia/Google ImagesLET me introduce myself. I am 21 years old. I am studying my degree in Finance at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya.

Although I’m young, I am an avid reader of politics. I’ve been around the world observing the lives of diplomats and politicians. I was in the circles of government and politics as my dad was a diplomat who represented the Malaysian flag in Thailand, China and Myanmar.

Khairy with his wife, Nori Abdullah/Google ImagesKhairy with his wife, Nori Abdullah/Google ImagesGrowing up, I look up to my dad. I see him as a leader and reference book to what leadership is. I learnt from him the way a leader looks walks and talks with measured pace and confidence. From my experience overseas, I see a leader as a man who dealt with big issues, issues that impact the lives of ordinary Malaysians. In my dad, I see a man who was analyzing the politics of Myanmar for the Malaysian government so that Petronas’s investments in the country are not affected by the wave of political reforms in Myanmar. As a young man, I aspired to be someone important like my father who spoke for something bigger than himself. I aspire to be as confident and measured as him in demeanor and speech. I aspire to be passionate about Malaysia and fight for her interests.

KJ during the Wataniah (reserve army) soldiers’ training/Pic:the-antics-of-husin-lempoyang.blogspot.comKJ during the Wataniah (reserve army) soldiers’ training/Pic:the-antics-of-husin-lempoyang.blogspot.comSo when I came back to Malaysia, here is Kay-Jay, a young, smart, good-looking member of parliament for Rembau who is very passionate about Malaysia. Here was an Oxford graduate who was already a leader in politics and representing something bigger than just his own voice. KJ acts as the voice of Gen Y Malaysia at the national level with his role as Umno Youth Chief and Minister of Youth and Sports. To me, KJ is someone who I aspire to be but isn’t yet.

So why do Gen Y love KJ? In a nutshell, we love KJ because we see him as a hero. We don’t see him as a “u-turn” politician afraid to speak his mind. The fact that KJ had the nerve to condemn some of his fellow Government leaders as delusional is seen as heroic. We also see it as cool when KJ joined the Wataniah (reserve army) soldiers’ training and see his handsome face get tanned. Not only that, we think it is cool that KJ tweets regularly about his Cougar and Puma (his children) almost as much as he tweets about national issues. We think it is hip that KJ takes selfies with everyone and anyone everywhere he goes. These are the reasons why my Gen Y friends and I see him beyond his Bukit Damansara upbringing and Oxford education. My Gen Y friends and I believe KJ is a man of substance. We see an Oxford-educated man who read politics, who knows what he’s talking about, speaks up for Gen Y, having lots of bravado and does the trendy things Gen Y do on social media.

Khairy Jamaluddin  - fashionable politician/Google ImagesKhairy Jamaluddin - fashionable politician/Google ImagesIn fact, if I was perfectly honest, we don’t see a politician. We see a regular guy who could be our campus mate who is of the type of the typical smart looking college student who could make a girl fall for him with a single smile. We see a man, despite or because of his elite background, who is a brave leader and leads by example. He walks the talk when the government called for the people to be prudent with their spending by cutting his own ministry’s spending. He came with the announcement to forego first class tickets on flights overseas and settle for business class.

KJ takes bold decisions every time. He would come out and criticise a loud mouth organisation like Perkasa. KJ openly questioned the right that Perkasa has (or don’t have) to represent the voice of the people. This act demonstrated to the average Malaysian on Facebook and twitter that here is a man who is brave and has the guts to stand up to Ibrahim Ali’s racial rhetoric when so many Umno leaders sheepishly keep their silence.

I want to be like him one day. Heck, in fact we (Gen Y) all do. A Malaysian who is educated, trained and ready to take the lead of the country, at a young age for a politician. KJ, we salute you.