In various postings I have insisted that there are good men in UMNO, men with vision. Unfortunately the oppressive culture of the movement, corrupted by intransigence, irreverence for what is good, and take-what-you-can-when-you-can mantra, has the good ones distanced and looked askance at. The good ones leave, as they are convinced that maybe they can change it from the outside. Yes I am thinking of Zaid. But like he said when asked if he would rejoin UMNO: "Maybe in my next life."
Is this only happening in UMNO. Of course no. It is not UMNO's monopoly. It happens in all political parties......from the Peninsula to the Eastern States. Why isn't Anwar moving if he has the numbers.
Is it because money from Peninsula is doubling to prevent a double-cross? Is it happening in the five opposition states....you bet it does....but we watch and our sledge-hammer is with us.
But despite all these, it is heartening to hear an UMNO veteran, come out with the truth:I salute him.
Rais: I've been asked to pay for my votes Oct 20, 08 3:28pm
A veteran Umno leader today said he had been asked to pay for votes in an upcoming contest for top posts, and warned that money politics would destroy the organisation.
Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said "the majority" of Umno members were more interested in making money out of the election than in voting for the right person.
"The majority of Umno people want to look for money and not for good leaders," said Rais, a member of Umno's decision-making committee who is vying for the vice-presidency.
"We have been approached under the cloak of assistance and cloak of contribution. (But) I'm not a player so you don't see my marks going up very high.
"If you want to be a good player, you have to say yes (to vote-buying)," he told reporters.
Rais, who has been with Umno for over 33 years, said the problem of money politics within the ruling party should be eradicated or it "will surely kill the party."
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"If Umno cannot curb this practice, Umno's future is done for because this has been (talked about) for the past two decades and it has not been curbed," he said.
In July, Umno asked the country's anti-corruption agency to help it battle vote-buying ahead of the heated battle for top leadership positions in the party.
Rais has only garnered five nominations of the 19 needed to contest in the party polls.