In about four hours, the UMNO Youth Wing will begin it’s meeting with the traditional Keris being presented in what will be Hishammuddin Hussein’s last appearance in the Youth stage as it’s leader.
In a report by a news portal on the 22 March, it said that Hishamuddin will not unsheathe the Keris but “will lift up a covered keris as part of the opening ceremony of the youth assembly.”
When I bumped into a close associate of the Youth Chief earlier at the PWTC prior to the closed door meeting with the President, he said that after due deliberation, it was decided that Hishammudin will continue with the tradition of unsheathing the Keris and will be supported by the UMNO Youth Excos in his act because this is a Malay tradition and the others have no business in it.
As at yesterday afternoon, support from the ground for Hishammuddin for VP has been lukewarm because a good number of the members think that he is generally overrated. This comes from delegates who had not much power in their divisions’ nominations but have voting rights on the 26th to decide who they want to lead the party. This is the level where nominations mean nothing, and division chiefs have no influence whatsoever on the delegates as their votes will be by secret ballot. Most of them are waiting for him to continue being cowed into submission by non-Malays so that they can go to town even before the youth meeting ends running him down before voting begins for the main body.
Hishammuddin will either win or lose his Vice Presidential attempt on the Youth stage and not on the voting day proper. If he does the right thing and redeems himself in the eyes of the Malays with his world famous rhetoric, he may end his tenure as a hero and sail through the next day with his face on the front covers of all newspapers before voting begins for the main body. The Malays usually get carried away and get easily sold by rhetoric, especially if it is driven by emotion. In the end, others will benefit while they only get that brief satisfaction of exhibiting strong emotions, hence the old Malay proverb “Menang sorak, kampong tergadai”. It means literally that we may win in loud arguments but we lose our village.
As I have written in my posting http://tpj-one-thepatriot.blogspot.com/2008/04/might-of-keris.html entitled “The Might of the Keris”, a wise man once said that the Keris, once unsheathed will protect the person as long as he uses its power with full responsibility and fairness in the struggle for the community. If there is impurity in its use, then the hand that grips it will in turn earn its wrath.
Let us see if Hishammuddin repents and does justice to it this time. The Keris will either defend his future or end his political advancement with one fatal stroke.