Khairy Jamaluddin, the UMNO Youth Chief and Member of Parliament for Rembau is swimming in dangerous waters since a large number of the UMNO Youth Exco and a former UMNO President want him out.
In recent days it seems that former premier and former UMNO President Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been criticising this Oxford scholar and has been trying to take revenge against him while inside sources reveal that Prime Minister and UMNO President Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and few top Cabinet leaders have all along been looking for a convenient scapegoat to perform this task of getting rid of Khairy.
UMNO Youth Exco members at the same time are unhappy with Khairy since he is of no benefit to them since he does not hold any position in the Cabinet. Many of the UMNO Youth Excos are hoping to receive government allocation or contracts that could be turn into money to finance their political activities.
Certain sources claim that Khairy does not use the traditional UMNO method of safeguarding the Malay heritage while he seems to be too liberal.
Party watchers claim that the Umno Youth Executive Committee plans to table a no-confidence vote against their 33-year old chief very soon while its revealed that apparently, they have already gathered enough votes to push him out and they have also received the blessing of Datuk Seri Najib, deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and not to mention Tun Dr Mahathir, who according to sources, still wield considerable influence in UMNO.
Opposition leaders meanwhile claim that Khairy is a definite asset to UMNO because he can provide the check and balance the party needs against the hard liners and those with self interest like Tun Dr Mahathir who just refuses to go away.
Perhaps this is why Tun Dr Mahathir insisted that Datuk Seri Najib did not give Khairy any cabinet post even though his own son Datuk Mukhriz was made a deputy minister after he lost the Youth chief contest to Khairy.
As always in Malaysian politics, there is big business and money intertwined. It is very much easier to kill off a political foe when he has no more economic pull, unless he is personally wealthy. But how much of personal wealth can one keep spending to stay in power?
Is Khairy on his way out or will he make a sudden change and continue to remain in power.
Khairy has denied that there is coup to overthrow him in response to blogsites and certain medias reporting that the majority of UMNO Youth Excos want to overthrow him as their chief.