Mahathir should send out clear and unmistakable message that  UMNO is declaring all-out war against  corruption by asking Khalil to step down as Information Minister and UMNO Secretary-General until cleared by ACA

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): Over the weekend, on his 20th year as UMNO President, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad gave a dark and bleak report card on UMNO, as good as warning that UMNO is going the way of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, in power for all but 10 months since 1955, with lowest public confidence quotient among the Japanese  with repeated corruption scandals.

He said that based on feedback he had received from the people during his recent nationwide tour,  many Malays are not interested in joining and supporting UMNO because  they believe UMNO  leaders are corrupt and untrustworthy.

He said: “I met, among others, professors, university lecturers, government officers, soldiers and policemen, who explained their perception of UMNO and why they have lost interest in supporting the party.

“They told me that UMNO is being led by untrustworthy people who are involved in corruption and used money to become leaders.'

He said such perceptions that UMNO leaders only cared for their own interest could ruin the party and country if UMNO members did not take them seriously.

He said: “There is no point in saying that corruption occurs in other parties, just to cover up the wrongdoings in our party.'

Mahathir has given the diagnosis that UMNO had “absorbed a dirty culture...a culture of corruption” but  he failed to provide the proper  prescription for a cure.

His proposals to  bar the “extremely  rich” UMNO members from contesting top party posts as well as ban  branch and division chiefs from being  given government contracts are quite laughable and are no solutions at all.

The first thing Mahathir must do is to send out  the clear and unmistakable message that UMNO is declaring all-out war against  corruption by asking Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob to step down as Information Minister and UMNO Secretary-General until cleared by the Anti-Corruption Agency of charges of abuse of power and corrupt practice when he was Pahang Mentri Besar levelled against him by UMNO Beserah state assemblyman Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman

He should next demonstrate his seriousness and commitment to  root out corruption in politics and develop a new political culture with zero tolerance for corruption by doing two things:

If Mahathir is prepared to declare an all-out war against corruption, without fear or favour, the DAP and the Barisan Alternative are prepared to give him full support.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman