KJ knows how to speak to youth, forum told

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KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights lawyer Syahredzan Johan has praised Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for his ability to communicate with the youth.

He said this kind of talent could not be found in Pakatan Harapan.

Speaking at a forum at Kelab Bangsar Utama here, Syahredzan said Pakatan politicians, although they used social media effectively during the last two elections, seemed to have trouble relating to the internet-savvy generation.

He said this was an opportunity lost because young people were unhappy about the direction the country was heading.

“If Pakatan Harapan is able to turn this dissatisfaction to support for them, then it would truly be an advantage,” he said.

He surmised that the reason Khairy related better to the youth was that he did not focus all of his social media postings on politics.

“When he tweets, he also tweets about football and about Game of Thrones. These are the kinds of things that the youth like.

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“Some Pakatan Harapan politicians try, but then they tweet about bands that most of the youth don’t even know anymore, such as Radiohead,” he said, poking fun at PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil, who was at the forum, along with PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and Dapsy national executive member Dyana Sofya.

Syahredzan said Syed Saddiq was the only person in Pakatan who showed the potential to be as good as Khairy when it came to relating to the youth.