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Mukhriz Mahathir the dutiful son Malaysia beckons

“Can any man or woman choose duties? No more that they can choose their birthplace, or their father or mother.” – George Eliot. This country continues swimming in the sea of change ever since the 12th general elections held in 2008 in which Barisan Nasional lost it’s two-thirds super-majority and five state legislatures.

Mukhriz Mahathir is one of its protagonists. Mukhriz was only allowed to be active in politics after his father’s retirement as Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister of 22 years. His late entry into active politics in 2003 thrust him in a struggle against the political tides which were not in his favor.

To be clear Mukhriz was not treated well during Pak Lah’s nor Najib Razak’s administration. He spent at least 15 years treated as persona non grata by Umno, Barisan Nasional and the top political leaders.

Notwithstanding being the only son of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the political arena the knives were out for him. In 2004, he lost the contest to become Kubang Pasu’s Umno youth chief; a division that his father led for 22 years.

Mukhriz then went on to stunningly win a place on Umno Youth’s executive council garnering the highest votes amongst all of the candidates. The uneasiness of the powers that be of Mukhriz’s popularity with the Umno grassroots is also the reason why in the 2008 GE Mukhriz was told to contest the Jerlun Parliamentary seat which was by no means a safe seat.

The hope was to kill off Mukhriz politically in a constituency he was not familiar with where Pas had a strong foothold in. Mukhriz won over Jerlun and the constituency has stood by him ever since.

In the 2003 GE, Mukhriz won the state seat of Ayer Hitam and was subsequently appointed the 11th Menteri Besar of Kedah only to be sacked by Najib Razak and the same occurred when Mukhriz was again sacked as the 13th Menteri Besar by Muhyiddin Yassin. Mukhriz’s political milestones are riddled with sabotage to take him out of Malaysia’s political equation.

Mukhriz is seen as a political wild card by those who oppress the Rakyat. A profound sense of duty flows in his veins. He sides with ordinary Malaysians and gives up positions of power when being in power does not serve the interests of the people but instead supports injustice and permeates corruption.

This strong sense of duty to his constituency, his state and his country are reasons why he is feared by petty leaders. This is why Mukhriz is always the choice of the grassroots in Umno , Bersatu & Pejuang in every political climate.

His political setbacks are just that-political intrigues. For Mukhriz, real power lies with the voters and not political hierarchy. The real reward of politics is being received warmly where ever he goes in this country.

Reports indicate that Fitch Solutions sees significantly slower economic growth for our country for a decade at least due to political instability coupled with the World Bank’s 4.9% 2020( GDP) contraction estimates puts Malaysia on the brink of disaster.

In this new age of coalition politics wherein governments fall as fast as they rise a sensible trustworthy leader is what voters are essentially looking for. It’s not complicated. In the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic and rampant corruption every dutiful son must rise

to serve his country. As fate would have it foremost of those sons is Mukhriz son of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

5 reasons why Mukhriz Mahathir is the choice of the grassroots:-

1. Uncorruptible. Mukhriz is honest. Ask yourself since being active in politics in 2003 has he been legitimately implicated, investigated or charged for any corrupt act while in office serving as a member of
parliament, deputy minister or Menteri Besar?

2. Modest. Anyone who knows Mukhriz will tell you that he is down-to-earth, unpretentious and respectful. He is polite even to his adversaries and gracious to everyone. Is that not a quality that you look for in a leader despite a toxic political environment?

3. A safe pair of hands. Mukhriz is good at his job and can be counted on not to make any serious mistakes. Take the handling of the Covid-19 crisis in which he maintained Kedah’s Green zone status and kept Kedahans safe. Is Kedah still secure today?

4. Integrity. How many times has Mukhriz put his neck on the block for us? He stood up against Pak Lah, Najib and Muhyiddin when they failed the Rakyat. He was viciously sacked from Umno and Bersatu for siding with Malaysians. How few leaders would give up their position in favor of justice, principles and honor?

5. Influential. Mukhriz is widely respected by the citizenry and he is able to forge consensus thus influencing decisions subtly and decisively for the benefit of the Rakyat. When the MCO was replaced with the RMCO, Mukhriz led six states ( Sarawak, Sabah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang & Kelantan) in cautiously reviewing SOPs which is still being done today.