Comment By Joceline Tan
Tuesday October 19, 2010 (The Star)
Blue-eyed boy Azmin Ali denies he has problems with Anwar Ibrahim’s family while projecting himself as the man who can take the party to Putrajaya.
AT this point in time, it looks like Azmin Ali is on course to become the next deputy president of PKR.
Azmin had kept a rather low profile throughout the nominations stage, preferring to let his supporters speak for him.
But all that ended after he handed in his nomination papers for the post on Saturday.
He launched his campaign manifesto several hours later on a theme that has captured the imagination of many PKR people – that they can take Putrajaya and he is the one who can take them there.
It was gutsy, catchy and, well, sexy. Never mind that the party is not exactly in the best of shape but what are politicians without promises? They go together like love and marriage.
Besides, big ideas are always sexy – just like the 100-storey tower idea which the intelligentsia has criticised but which the man-in-the-street simply cannot stop talking about.
Even Azmin’s blog has taken on a new look. It has transformed from the yellow and red theme reflecting his Selangor roots to a blue masthead showing him beside an image of the dome-roofed Prime Minister’s office.
A man destined for Putrajaya – that is the message. And this is where it gets interesting.
Azmin is shown in a white, long-sleeved shirt and tie with his right hand up in the air as though acknowledging his supporters, with a confident smile on his face.
It is a replica pose of Anwar in the latter’s own blog.
It is a good thing his loyalty and devotion to Anwar is irrefutable otherwise he would be seen as trying to upstage his boss.
Azmin’s opponents have greatly under-estimated him.
He is the only one now with a defined manifesto in a contest where the personalities have overshadowed the issues.
As one of his aides pointed out, Azmin understands the importance of timing in politics.
Of his two contenders, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim seems to have peaked too early in the nominations round while Mustaffa Kamil Ayob has yet to pick up the pace.
Or to put it more bluntly, Zaid has exhausted his bullets while Mustaffa is still looking for his.
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