Money politics is the equivalent of political AIDS afflicting UMNO, which the suspension of six UMNO division leaders cannot even begin to touch the surface of the problem.
After all, there had been such disciplinary actions against UMNO divisional and branch leaders in the past, with Mahahtir publicly crying over the very deep-seated cancer of money politics in UMNO more than once, but UMNO credibility, integrity and public support had continued to be corroded unchecked by the curse of money politics - with the disease spreading to the general body politic and the UMNO-dominated government.
How can anyone believe that the disciplinary actions against six UMNO members mark the turning point in the fight against money politics in UMNO and not a new form of internal UMNO power struggle when the UMNO leadership had not referred the six to the Anti-Corruption Agency for corruption charges to be filed against them?
Furthermore, one of the six suspended, Datuk Zainol Mat Isa, UMNO Baling division chief, is allowed to continue as Kedah State Executive Councillor for Agriculture, Rural Development and Community Development.
As the Prime Minister said he wanted the country to be ruled only by those who were clean and not involved in money politics, will he ask Zainol to resign not only as Kedah State Exco member but also as the State Assemblyman for Bayu so that a by-election could be held to elect a “clean” person to represent the Bayu voters?
If UMNO is serious in wanting to wipe out money politics in the
party and set the example of an all-out war against corruption in government,
then it must do the six following things:
If Mahathir is not prepared to declare an all-out war against corruption by adopting these five measures, then UMNO is following the footsteps of the
Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which had been in power for all but 10 months since 1955 but with lowest public confidence quotient among the Japanese with repeated corruption scandals.
Mahathir had himself found from the feedback he had received from the people during his recent nationwide tour that many Malays are not interested in joining and supporting UMNO because they believe UMNO leaders are corrupt and untrustworthy and “involved in corruption and used money to become leaders.”
If Mahathir wants to wipe out what he had himself diagnosed as the “dirty culture of corruption” in UMNO, time is running out and he must immediately start an all-out purge of the corrupt in UMNO and the government, starting with the abovementioned five proposed measures.