Just four months to go before Umno party elections. At division and branch levels, meetings and elections are expected to complete by October.
At this levels, everything is heating up. Vice-President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's statement that vote-buying in the party is rampant, at least lend some supports to my earlier postings about some irregularities at branch and divisional elections.
Facts are facts, bro. This has been going on for years and years now and its getting from bad to worse (plse read my July 28 posting).
When many, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed gave opinions that Umno members are actually getting sick and tired of such a trend, the party top leadership seemed to deny it. What happened to Umno in the 12th general elections was a testimonial to this opinions.
However, we understand why no action is taken yet against anyone whose names were mentioned either in blogs, newspapers or direct reports to the President. Why? Because its getting so rampant that almost everybody is at it!
This is the tradition of Umno now. Whoever have the money will gain entry to positions like branch head, division head, delegates, Supreme Council members, Vice Presidents and so on. Remember what happened to Tan Sri Isa Samad and Datuk Zaid Ibrahim a few years ago?
So, how is Umno gonna take action against these wrongdoers if their senior office-bearers are also subscribing to such methods and tactis?
At least, Muhyiddin was so fair in his statement that this element may draw criticism from Umno members at the December General Assembly.
How to tackle this problems is up to the party Disciplinary Committee but are members of the committee are credibly trustworthy?
Umno is being treated like a cartel now. Those with money will get the power. How many of its Supreme Council members are just an ordinary person or in other words, came from a poor family?
Even at division level, the heads should at least be a Member of Parliament or a State Assemblyman. Those without this two position are chairman of at least 1 Federal or State-owned company.
Down the line, members who alligned themselves with this division head will gain support to sit at the branch committee, irrespective of whether the local members agree or not to their appointment through a 'fixed' branch election.
Furthermore, there are already dozens of police and ACA reports being lodged against party President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pertaining to his allegedly involvement in 'party graft'.
Where is Umno heading to?