Khairy Jamaluddin staged a stunning victory tonight proving all his critics wrong. Many in the press got their predictions wrong, too. Even as the votes were being counted, his contenders were expected as victors. In the end, KJ came out tops. Although the details of the votes were not revealed, it is said that Khir Toyo finished second and Mukhriz Mahathir last. Khir is said to have secured 254 votes against Mukhriz 232 votes but this is not confirmed.
In KJ's own words, the odds were against him but he has proven he is a fighter. He was written off as politically dead with his father in law, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, leaving office. His critics said he was strategically wrong to stress on the need for a Malaysian leader but he stuck with his decision.
Delivering a powerful speech, KJ also showed the stuff he has in getting the boys behind him and taking on the opposition. The stage is now set for KJ to achieve bigger things. A Cabinet or a deputy minister post is now possibly in hand which will allow him to prove his ability further.