|TMI cites bridge to Dumai as example of Umno's money politics|
A source, meanwhile, said MACC had yet to receive any reports on money politics following Saturday's polls.I was wondering why they had to introduce "the source" right after quoting Abu Kassim (surely discerning readers would put two and two together) when my mail beeped a message from Transparency International Malaysia. It was its press statement on ... money politics in UMNO election! (full statement, h e r e)
This, (the source) said, was a stark contrast to the party's previous polls, where reports alleging vote buying came pouring in, in the run-up and immediately after polling day. It then rounded up 12 party division leaders for allegedly dabbling in money politics.
The most prominent case was former Umno supreme council member Norza Zakaria. He was hauled to court to face two charges of offering bribes to party delegates to vote him in the then impending party polls. Norza claimed trial and won the case.
Excerpts from the TMI press statement dated Oct 18:
... and a VP aspirant:
So, MACC, ada ka tak da korupsi ni?
p.s. TMI is the Malaysian chapter of Transparency International. It was seen as apolitical until its former boss Tunku Aziz joined the DAP with great pomp (and later left the party, bitterly, with equal fanfare)