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Malaysia election: BN youth leader Khairy banks on star power and viral videos

Khairy Jamaluddin, or KJ, is Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister and Umno's Youth Chief. On the campaign trail, he is charming the man in the street. On the Internet, his videos are going viral.
Mr Khairy Jamaluddin, one of the most recognisable faces of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, greeting residents during a walkabout in Seremban last Thursday.
Mr Khairy Jamaluddin, one of the most recognisable faces of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, greeting residents during a walkabout in Seremban last Thursday.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

It was a weekday afternoon and parents were waiting for their children outside a primary school.

Suddenly, a familiar face appeared and started greeting mothers who were busy tapping on their smartphones. Shock soon turned into giggles, as a throng of women asked for a wefie with Mr Khairy Jamaluddin, one of the most recognisable faces of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'BN youth leader banks on star power and viral videos'. Print Edition | Subscribe