Saturday, November 29, 2008

Umno members who lie about graft can be sacked

Umno members who make false reports about money politics can be sacked.

This warning has come after party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor found that three-quarters of some 1,000 complaints on money politics were false and made with malicious intent.

“I have discussed with the Anti-Corruption Agency and have agreed to forward complaints with elements of corruption so that it can take action. For reports that are made with malicious intent against the candidates, Umno will take disciplinary action, including expelling them from the party,” Tengku Adnan said.

“Many times, the complaints came from candidates who lost in a contest and they claimed (they lost) because of money politics.

“They lost because they have not been servicing their constituents or the members,” Tengku Adnan said, adding that reports of money politics in Umno were mainly perpetuated by the Opposition.

He also said that it would not be fair for former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to name those implicated in money politics in his blog.

On MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s statement that the concept of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) no longer held true for many Malaysians, Tengku Adnan said:

“To me, there is no point of ketuanan (supremacy) if Malays are not the masters.

“He has got a point but he shouldn’t raise such a matter. He should look at the incidents in Mumbai and Bangkok and not be emotional when making a statement,” he said.

Umno members who lie about graft can be sacked
Malaysia Star, Malaysia