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The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin – 13

The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin continues here:

Part 13 – He loves me, he loves me not


After the rumblings of 1998, many Malaysians began to care less about the personal lives of politicians. It was deemed that politicians should be judged by the merits of their work, integrity and ability rather than by the goings-on in their bedrooms. When former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad used Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged homosexuality as an excuse for the latter’s sacking, the reaction was more sympathy towards Anwar. Maybe the tide has turned and, in Malaysia’s new political culture, the private lives of politicians should not be of concern unless it also encroaches on their public work.

But the tide has not completely turned. Accusations of sexual misdeeds continue to dog many politicians. Some of these accusations do have elements of truth in them, but they are often exaggerated to create lustful ogres out of the targeted individuals. For example, while it is true some ministers have dalliances with artistes, models and other such ilk, hardly any had ever been caught in flagrante delicto, except in the minds of their enemies. The accusations of sexual misconduct are used mainly by opponents within the same party, as well as by opposition figures.

It is ludicrous that, after 1998, the opposition parties in Malaysia, while criticising the behaviour of UMNO politicians who described Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged trysts in graphic detail, also conjured up many other fictitious accusations such as naming them as mistresses to Mahathir and saying that they knew a person who knew a person who had allegedly caught Najib Tun Razak in bed with a famous singer in a Port Dickson hotel room. Perhaps the most unbelievable account yet was one related by a PKR Youth Information Chief who accused Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of carrying out an affair with an alleged (non-existent) female police escort.

Khairy Jamaluddin too has not escaped these accusations. In 2002, a high-ranking civil servant made a remark to Dr Mahathir’s then Political Secretary, Aziz Samsudin, that Khairy, then Special Officer to Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, had been an active homosexual during his university days. Khairy had apparently been involved with several members of the gay community of Oxford University, including a certain Malaysian-Chinese undergraduate. Such juicy stories were too good to be kept silent and it wound its way up to the very top.

Some of Mahathir’s aides made some enquiries to ascertain the truth of these allegations. They concluded that the stories were indeed true and they reported it to their boss. However, Mahathir did not take it up as he felt that Khairy was a non-entity and would remain so at least for the foreseeable future. Mahathir was right about Khairy not being gay, but he was obviously wrong about the rapid propulsion of this Young Turk.

Unknown to Aziz Samsudin as well as to Mahathir’s other aides, the story about Khairy’s alleged homosexuality was planted by Anwar Ibrahim’s men. A certain former deputy minister who had been a close Anwar supporter (and therefore dropped by Mahathir in the 1999 General Election) had been used to bring the rumour to Aziz’s attention through his civil service friend. The rumour itself was created by then PKR Youth Leader Ezam Mohd Nor who had allegedly ‘heard about the rumour’ from a senior civil servant who was a reformasi sympathiser and who had a child in the same school as Khairy. It was completely untrue. The idea that Khairy is gay is a figment of the imagination of the PKR leaders who desperately wanted to tar Abdullah Badawi whom they felt, at that time, was less sympathetic to the plight of their boss; having been his mortal enemy in UMNO for more than one and a half decades.

But the rumour took on a life of its own. From merely being gay, Khairy was now said to have even served as a rent-boy to the wives of ministers visiting London during his university days. At one time, the rumours became so flagrant that it even reached the ears of Anwar Ibrahim, then serving his prison sentence. Anwar enthusiastically asked his lawyers to verify the details of Khairy’s alleged homosexuality. It was a tool that would have been useful to the opposition, if only it had been true.

On the contrary, Khairy is not attracted to men. He had once been propositioned by a certain homosexual Malaysian newspaper columnist during a party at his house in Jalan U Thant. The columnist fell head over heels with Khairy. This is not unusual. After all, Greg Sheridan, one of the most worthless and sycophantic political hacks ever produced from Down Under, had once started a whole chapter on Malaysian politics by describing how enamoured he was with Khairy’s Hindustani movie-star looks. It was no wonder that the columnist fell for the then TV compere.

This columnist usually invited sets of young men to his house, which he shared with his life partner. These soirees were occasions where the columnist promised the world to the young men in return for being their ‘special friend’. While many fell for it and found themselves propelled to the inner circle of politics through this highly influential columnist’s efforts, Khairy himself rebuffed the columnist’s advances. While they remained friends, it was soon made clear to the columnist that Khairy would have his own way of reaching the pinnacles of power and it would be he who would be called Master and the columnist who would be the Servant.

That is not to say that Khairy did not use his looks to achieve his ambitions. Amongst the circle of young Oxford and Cambridge men who circulated around UMNO Youth in the years following the outbreak of reformasi, Khairy was deemed the most likely person to be able to use his marriage bed as a catapult to success.

It was one of his friends, Vincent Lim Kian Teck, now Chinese Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, who introduced Khairy to Nori Abdullah, then a part-time researcher at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS). Khairy did not need to try so hard. Nori fell almost instantly for the young and articulate Oxford graduate who was at least her intellectual equal.

Many do not know that Nori Abdullah is perhaps the most intelligent of all the children of Malaysian Prime Ministers. A precocious child, Nori often asked for books from Abdullah’s many foreign trips when he was Minister for Foreign Affairs. While the children of other ministers clamoured for jewellery and expensive high-tech gadgets, Nori always settled for the more intellectual gifts that her father could provide. She is one of the most well-read persons of her age group and is no shrinking violet when it comes to arguing intellectually with other prominent thinkers.

So it is odd indeed that Nori chose to be the wind beneath Khairy’s wings. She could have been more upfront in herself making a political name. But as the couple’s aim is to reach the highest peak of politics, it was unlikely that both could reach there. So, by all means, let Khairy be there as Prime Minister and Nori will exercise the function of a thinking First Lady. Indeed, were the couple able to achieve their aims, they would be the most learned First Couple in Malaysia’s history, even surpassing Dr Mahathir and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah.

But we are thinking too much of the future. Khairy definitely realised full well that being married to Nori was like getting an express ticket to his targeted destination. He might not have felt as strongly as Nori who has Khairy’s picture in her handbag, as her computer wallpaper at the office, and even on the coffee mug from which she drank. But he played the game well and though there may not be love, there is certainly affection. Khairy’s collection of international girlfriends which he had amassed in Singapore, Oxford and London were now chucked aside for the Japanese doll that is Nori.

What about the rumours of Khairy’s alleged infidelities? Again, these are often exaggerated by Khairy’s enemies. Take, for example, the so-called khalwat incident. In that story, widely circulated in the opposition press, Khairy was said to have been caught in the act with a Burmese girl (some say Filipino). According to the story, Nori and one of her other fellow Puteri UMNO Exco Members suspected Khairy of two-timing and had arranged for JAWI officers to spy on and catch the lovebirds. When they did so at Khairy and Nori’s apartment in Pantai, Khairy and Nori were allegedly summoned by Abdullah Badawi who gave the couple a dressing-down. Abdullah had been so angry — so the story goes — that he even slapped Khairy in the face. The couple were told in no uncertain terms that for political reasons they must stay together and be seen to still be totally in love.

Some say that the slapping incident took place at Putrajaya, in the Prime Minister’s Office. Others allege that this happened in Abdullah’s family home in Kepala Batas — and they even pointed out that Abdullah suddenly re-routed his return from a Kedah UMNO meeting to make a short and unexplained private visit to his Kepala Batas home. Still others insist that Khairy and Nori were hauled up not only in front of Abdullah but also in attendance were Abdullah’s brother, Ibrahim, and Nori’s elder brother, Kamaluddin.

The truth of this story is far less juicy. In Khairy’s office at the Prime Minister’s Department is a former female colleague. The story was made up after the lady was seen in Khairy’s company during a certain official function. But it was nothing so sinister. Khairy had offered to chaperone the lady when her other boss, Special Officer to the Prime Minister, Ahmad Zaki Zahid, was not able to accompany her to the meeting. So, as a gentleman, Khairy had stepped in as he was also due to attend the same meeting.

What is interesting is who made up this story. Several chains of narration, including amongst them Wanita UMNO Chief Rafidah Aziz, newly-married Minister for Home Affairs Azmi Khalid, and even Deputy Internal Security Minister Noh Omar, eventually were traced to Najib Tun Razak’s circle. The story was concocted by several of Najib’s inner circle of advisors in the hope that it would shake the image of Khairy’s loyalty to Abdullah. Of course, leaks were planted to the opposition through the intermediary of a senior journalist who worked freelance and often writes for international newspapers. In reality, there was not a shred of truth in the story.

Funny enough, the idea of the so-called JAWI raid stems from Najib’s own brush with the religious police. While many say that he was caught in a hotel room in Port Dickson by the JAWI counterpart in Negeri Sembilan, JAINS, Najib eventually countered the allegation by producing the report book of JAINS’ raids. Nowhere in the book is Najib mentioned, nor of any raid in the alleged hotel in Port Dickson around the date alleged by his enemies. In fact, the JAINS rumour was a smokescreen. Najib had indeed been caught with that actress, but not in Port Dickson but in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Najib’s special Branch officers had inserted the story of it being in Port Dickson in order to lay the ground for his alibi.

Contrary to the views of opposition leaders, Khairy is neither a homosexual nor an adulterer. But he is not an angel either. His closeness to Islamic norms is only the result of his being married into Abdullah’s family, but he is not the debauched, narrow that is painted by his enemies.

Khairy realises that his fortune, at least while Abdullah is in power, is the result of Nori’s unbending love for him. The devotion that Nori showers upon Khairy is the backbone of his strength in Abdullah’s circle. In spite of many Abdullah’s close friends and even relatives accusing Khairy of using his marital bed as security for keeping power, Abdullah will do nothing to hurt Nori — and he knows the way to hurt Nori is to accept that the criticism levelled against her husband is true.

The American ambassador to Malaysia, when attending the reception for Khairy’s and Nori’s wedding, gave the Freudian comment that Khairy ‘is a very lucky man’. It was funny that the same was not said for Nori. But all is fair in love and politics, and it is that love that makes Khairy invincible.


The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin continues…in Part 14 – Crowning the king

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  2. The story above is so interesting!! I’ve heard the ‘slapping’ part but from what i heard was he was slapped in the face because of his scandal with our miss maya karin. I guess its not true. It’s so unfortunate to Nori for having a husband like him. This is all politics. KJ is so famous among my friends, even we are still in college. But i wonder why is AAB still support his SIL?? And why is Hishamudin give his full support to KJ? Don’t he wants to become a PM one day? Why is he giving this KJ an express ticket to become a PM before him? ?????

    Comment by Queen Bee | Saturday, January 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. Khairy is all smoke n mirrors. Just another fella trying to make a living by leaching on the PM. Nothing new really. Mahatir’s son was the same. So was Ling Liong Sik’s son.

    Comment by Ransom | Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. To all my brothers and sisters in ”ISLAM”please stop this despicable attitude,suka dengki orang dan fitnah!As a muslim we should not talk bad,think bad about other person,just remember everytime you say bad things to other person it’s like you saying it to ”ALLAH”

    Comment by nadia | Friday, May 23, 2008 | Reply

    • You do not need to condemn or criticize others by putting religious words behind your saying. No matter what you are saying its still from you.

      Putting religious words to it does not make you any different. We all know KJ is not who he is. I don’t like him either.

      This is called Hypocrisy.

      Comment by Stop-Racial-Politics | Sunday, December 28, 2014 | Reply

  5. What is true is true, nothing wrong but only god knows the truth. Whoever doing wrong thing(s), must know the truth about the thing(s).So seek forgiveness from who can only gives forgiveness.

    Comment by man | Friday, June 20, 2008 | Reply

  6. To all readers, if you are not sure about certain issues please find out the truth. Saying bad about someone without proof shown how low your morale is. If he really bad etc then let God dealling with it but what happen if he not, then you guys will answer to God on day. Think rationally and be mature. God bless you guys.

    Comment by Taimak | Tuesday, June 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Khairy should understand the spirit and intent of the Federal Constitution.

    Fellow Citizens,
    It was recently reported that the Government will study the Public Service Department’s (PSD) decision to increase non-bumiputra scholarship quota from 10% to 45%.

    “We will check it. We will look at it first,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told reporters He was commenting on the move by PSD to increase the quota for non-bumiputras which had created dissatisfaction among certain quarters.

    Federation of Peninsula Malay Students (GPMS) president Datuk Reezal Naina Merican said the Government should review the move.

    Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) vice-chancellor Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad, a former education director, also questioned the basis of the department’s calculation when raising the quota.

    The department offers 2,000 scholarships annually. Previously, 90% of them were offered to bumiputra students but the under the new scheme, the percentage for bumiputras was lowered to 50%.

    Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin who is MP for Rembau questioned the move saying that the quota was determined at the discretion of Yang di-Pertuan Agong who had the absolute power over the matter according to Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

    I would like to offer Khairy 2 lessons,
    1) Lesson in logic-
    it is pointless to refer to just 45% allocation of PSD to non-malays which is very small in the first place,
    what about MARA scholarship, Petronas scholarship , Felda scholarships and many others that are exclusively or overwhelmingly Malay.
    A relevant comparison would be to compare the total number of scholarships given out nationwide,
    is the government ready to declassify this information ?

    Education minister admitted for PSD it used to be 90/10, and offered the olive branch of 55/45 in the future,
    he most likely did this amid calls to make PSD receipient data transparent, when pressured by component parties as well
    as opposition, in short he avoided opening Pandora’s Box”, I doubt he did it out of sudden guilt or change of heart.
    There has been mounting pressure calling for transparency of PSD scholarship awards, many have written about it including myself. This Article was published in The Sun and a number of websites and blogs.

    Khairy should confer with Education Minister Hishamuddin, before he shoots of his mouth and puts his own party in a bad light.
    He negates Hishamuddins attempts to reach out to the non-malays as the results of the March 8th elections this year,
    a clear message has been sent to BN and specifically UMNO that blatantly racist policies will not be tolerated.
    An injustice has been perpertrated all these years by denying many deserving students because they were all fighting
    for a miniscule 10% allocated, and now Khairy is asking for the Yang Dipertuan Agong to help him perpetuate this injustice.
    This is an insult to right thinking citizens as well as to His Majesty.
    2) Lesson on how to read the constitution,
    First lets look at what the constitution says , sorry to be long winded but please indulge me.
    if its too long and tedious please skip right to the summary I have offered below.

    Article 153
    It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
    Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, but subject to the provisions of Article 40 and of this Article, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall exercise his functions under this Constitution and federal law in such manner as may be necessary to safeguard the special provision of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and to ensure the reservation for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of such proportion as he may deem reasonable of positions in the public service (other than the public service of a State) and of scholarships, exhibitions and other similar educational or training privileges or special facilities given or accorded by the Federal Government and, when any permit or licence for the operation of any trade or business is required by federal law, then, subject to the provisions of that law and this Article, of such permits and licences.
    (8A) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, where in any University, College and other educational institution providing education after Malaysian Certificate of Education or its equivalent, the number of places offered by the authority responsible for the management of the University, College or such educational institution to candidates for any course of study is less than the number of candidates qualified for such places, it shall be lawful for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by virtue of this Article to give such directions to the authority as may be required to ensure the reservation of such proportion of such places for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable, and the authority shall duly comply with the directions.
    (9A) In this Article the expression “natives” in relation to the State of Sabah or Sarawak shall have the meaning assigned to it in Article 161A.

    Article 161 A reads
    (7) The races to be treated for the purposes of the definition of “native” in Clause (6) as indigenous to Sarawak are the Bukitans, Bisayahs, Dusuns, Sea Dayaks, Land Dayaks, Kadayans, Kalabit, Kayans, Kenyags (Including Sabups and Sipengs), Kajangs (including Sekapans,. Kejamans, Lahanans, Punans, Tanjongs dan Kanowits), Lugats, Lisums, Malays, Melanos, Muruts, Penans, Sians, Tagals, Tabuns and Ukits.

    The scope of Article 153 is limited by Article 136, which requires that civil servants be treated impartially regardless of race. Clause 5 of article 153 specifically reaffirms article 136 of the constitution which states: All persons of whatever race in the same grade in the service of the Federation shall, subject to the terms and conditions of their employment, be treated impartially.

    Clause 9 of article 153 states Nothing in this Article shall empower Parliament to restrict business or trade solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays.


    Alright then, let me explain in simple terms-
    The constitution is just a framework, it does spell out exact quotas and percentages, clause 9 of article 153 infers though not explicitly,
    that others shall not be deprived solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays.

    As narrow as racially biased quotas go, by no fathom of imagination can allocating 90% of the quota to 60% of the population
    be seen as fair and just, let alone REASONABLE.
    Clause 8A while giving the authority to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong states that
    “as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem REASONABLE”
    Article 136 clearly states the case of impartiality and acts as a conscience to prevent abuse of article 153.

    Further to this article 161A clearly spells out who the native beneficiaries are including the Malays but not exclusively,
    In fact by virtue of the provisions in this article all the natives mentioned there can demand an equitable allocation.
    I challenge the government to make transparent these figures.
    The East Malaysians can also demand allocations be shared equitably with them.
    If Khairy and GPMS are not carefull in their demands the East Malaysians will demand for their rights too.
    As Malaysian we should be working on increasing the allocation so all can benefit, not fighting over
    who gets what portion of the allocation which should be based on merit in the first place.

    Reading articles of the Federal Constitution alone is not enough, one must understand the intent and spirit of the constitution.

    Best Regards
    Vijay Kumar Murugavell

    Comment by Vijay Kumar | Thursday, July 10, 2008 | Reply

  8. wow,,,nori is really a beautiful, charming and charisma women..i can sees her “inteligent-ness” in her…she’s cute! if reallu KJ did all kinds of ‘women affair or gay thingy’ to her…it is simply heartbreaking….


    KJ was really a good looking fella, i would said..even me as a chinese, i do think that he’s sorta handsome, with his 6 feet tall, nice body+ attractive looks…thus, how can it be a good, nice looking guy without any women affairs? moreover he was raised in outstation..i would said he is not total malay…at least in his thought.

    overall, their marriage’s is all for political purposes or true love…i don’t know…and…is kind of bullshit if KJ did all this for political purposes..afterall nori is uhhhh….she is adorable, and if i were a badass guy, i could not find any space to hurt her….

    Comment by kristen | Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. Is KJ a mixed? He doesn’t looked Malay, more to Mamak instead… LOL

    Comment by pening kelapa | Saturday, July 23, 2011 | Reply

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    Superior fences make excellent neighbours

    Comment by 炊飯器チーズケーキ | Thursday, February 9, 2012 | Reply

  11. Замечательно, это ценное сообщение

    Comment by zyablovalena | Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Reply

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