Tun Dr Mahathir had officially blamed Pak Lah and KJ for handing 5 states to the Opposition and denting BN's 2/3 majority. After being pressured by the Supreme Council, Pak Lah was forced to announce his impending resignation in the next UMNO assembly and the knives were going for KJ.
KJ had just managed to get enough nominations to sneak into the Ketua Pemuda contest and had been virtually written off by all. Even worse, KJ was almost disqualified from contesting due to money politics allegations. There were even rumours that KJ was going to be hauled up by SPRM.
In terms of the media, KJ was completely sidelined. Utusan was devoting lots of space to Mukhriz and in the blogs, KJ was hammered left, right, up, down and even in a circle. The anti KJ bloggers included whose who in the blog world. It included Rocky Bru, Big Dog, Another Brick in Wall, Husin Lempoyang, Parpukari, Mantra in Deep Thoughts, Syed Outsyed the Box, Duke of UMNO, Cucu Tok Selampit, Jebat Must Die and of course the infamous Piggy Singh.
In the UMNO HQ, the anti KJ forces were lined up from head to toe. Dato Abdul Rauf was one of the main protagonists as well as many others.
And of course Najib too had cut a deal with Tun Dr Mahathir to finish of KJ. Did you not remember Najib giving a massive clue when opening the UMNO Youth assembly with his famous exhortation - "Kita Mahu Pemimpin Yang Berani Berubah" which was seen as slam dunk endorsement of Dato Mukhriz Mahathir.
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Yet, yet... when the votes were counted - KJ emerged the victor and Mukhriz was the last.
This point must not be lost on Dato Seri Hishammudin, Dato Seri Shafie Apdal and Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is this - KJ did not win because of luck, but because of a sophisticated counter Mukhriz operation.
We knew where to whack Mukhriz on the blogs and we were the guys in charge of characterizing Mukhriz. We also knew how to play up KJ and how to do a contrast with Mukhriz. We demoralised key staff in the Mukhriz machinery and neutralised emerging threats. In the end we forced the Mukhriz campaign to go down a tract we knew they would end up losing - even though Anas ATM was busy dishing the $$$$.
This was not down to luck and part of a well planned campaign. Ask any blogger - siapa dia Wenger J Khairy and they will tell you one answer. I don't know. Is he Stephen Doss? Is he some Indian guy. Is he KJ himself? Is he a man? Is the person a lady? Is there one of them? Are there many of them?
Right now, we can tell you - this time round Mukhriz is much tougher. Beating Mukhriz is going to be much more difficult BUT we have the formula. We know where his weak points are and we know how to run a powerful subterfuge campaign.
The team has since disbanded but some remain. Serious candidates should consider dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org . Remember there is not much time, but with the right strategy, if we did it once, we can do it again.