KUALA LUMPUR: True to his word in revealing his academic credentials to prove why he is fit to be the next Umno Youth chief, Jamal Yunos today presented a video montage of his primary and secondary school days.
The less than 10-minute montage contained photos of the schools he attended, including Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Sungai Leman, Sekinchan, and Sekolah Menengah Datuk Mustafa Pasir Panjang, Sabak Bernam, for which he received a standing ovation from Pandan Umno Youth delegates.
The video comes a week after Jamal, who is Sungai Besar Umno division chief, expressed interest in the top post of the party’s youth wing if current Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin chose to step down.
Just two days ago, Jamal pledged to reveal his academic credentials in the lead-up to his move to compete for the post.
“I will show my whole profile there,” he was reported as saying.
He said every individual had his own strengths and had the right to offer himself to head the youth wing even though he may not have a degree such as Khairy had from Oxford University.
His aspirations were backed by Umno supreme council member, Nazri Aziz, who said Jamal would make a good successor to Khairy.
However, the idea of Jamal as the party’s youth chief drew criticism from the opposition with one claiming that Umno was scrapping the bottom of the barrel if it wanted to back the controversial division leader.
Later, at a press conference, Jamal, who is known for his eccentric demonstrations against the Selangor government, said while he was eyeing the post, he wasn’t “power hungry”.
“But I will stand by my offer if Khairy decides to step down.
“However, if he decides to retain the post, I won’t contest against him as he is the best person for the job,” he said.
Earlier, Jamal urged the party’s leadership to choose its candidates for the 14th general election “wisely”.
“At the end of the day, we don’t want the person to become aligned with the opposition coalition.”