Friday, November 28, 2008

Major Money Politics Cases Must Be Investigated Fast - Mukhriz

JERLUN, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- The Umno disciplinary board must investigate major cases of money politics fast so that the culprits will be prevented from contesting party elections in March, said Jerlun Member of Parliament Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir.

The Umno Youth Exco member said small cases should also be investigated but focus should on the the major cases.

"We fear that if action is not taken against those involved in major cases, only the small fish will be caught while the big fish escape," he told reporters here last night.

He said the Umno disciplinary board had received 900 reports on money politics and hoped that they would be investigated.

Mukhriz who would be contesting the Umno Youth chief post supported a statement by Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib that the party should revert to the original two nominations to qualify for contests as it would stamp out money politics.

He said leaders at the grassroots should be allowed to nominate national leaders during branch elections.

"They should be involved in the election of party leaders including that at the highest level," he added.