Surprise, surprise. Mahathir talking about corruption-free candidates for UMNO when corruption was rampant and at its peak during his reign as Prime Minister.
SEREMBAN: Umno should pick a candidate who is free of money politics (vote-buying) for the Bagan Pinang state by-election, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday.
He believed that the Barisan Nasional could win the by-election on Oct 11 with a big majority because the seat was Umno’s stronghold.
Having corruption-free candidates would be a very important factor in Bagan Pinang as well as in the next general election, he told reporters after attending Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan’s Aidilfitri open house in Rantau here.
“For me, it’s not just this place. The people throughout Malaysia want to know whether we are serious about eradicating money politics, corruption and so forth,” he said.
If Umno fielded an candidate who was not clean, it might win in Bagan Pinang but would lose in other constituencies, he said.
He also feared that the party would lose badly in the 13th general election if the trend continued.
“I’m not thinking about individuals. I know everyone and I don’t care about anyone but I’m thinking only of the party,” he said.
The Bagan Pinang seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Azman Mohamad Noor of the Barisan on Sept 4. Nomination is on Oct 3. -- Bernama