Kj Chronicles Essay

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The KJ Chronicles MALAYSIA TODAY SPECIAL REPORT PART 1 SYNOPSIS: The most powerful man in Malaysia Political journalist Yahaya Ismail recently wrote a book called Khairy Jamaluddin: Bakal PM?. While the book contains many facts and educated guesses on the future of Khairy, the title itself is in gross error. Khairy Jamaluddin is not a future Prime Minister. He is already the de facto Prime Minister. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is legally the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, having taken office in November 2003. However, even before he assumed office, it was quite clear that Abdullah Badawi was not his own man – that all his thoughts, actions and deeds were heavily influenced, if not directed by his then 28-year old son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, and his coterie of friends. While some talked of the three Ks being the power behind Pak Lah, namely Khairy, Kalimullah (the Group Chief Editor of the New Straits Times) and Kak Endon (Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood Ambak, wife of the Prime Minister), there is no doubt that the first K is the most powerful, having appointed the second K to his post and having married the third K’s daughter at a time when the third K was and is fighting breast cancer, an illness that has already claimed the third K’s twin sister. Many say that this is not unusual. After all Nixon had his Kissinger and the Tsar of Russia had Rasputin. There are similarities between these figures and Khairy. For one thing, all seem to act as puppet-masters, pulling the strings of the wooden characters who are the rulers of the country in name. All came from rather obscure backgrounds to emerge suddenly upon the national scene in a blaze of glory. Yet all had the fatal flaw of a congenital defect which led them to believe that they were immortal, invincible and all-knowing. In the end, all succumbed to the temptations of power. Will this also happen to Khairy? The

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