Amazing?! For the 2nd time in a row, UMNO chooses a candidate tainted by Corruption. They chose Rohaizat Othman at the recent by-election at Permatang Pasir. Rohaizat was disbarred by the Malaysian Bar for misusing Client's money.
Now for the Bagan Pinang by-election, they chose Tan Sri Isa Mohd Samad who was suspended by UMNO's very own disciplinary board for money politics (read : corruption).
And the most amazing thing was UMNO members from that branch wanted only Isa and threaten to boycott the by-election if UMNO chose another candidate.
Najib must be so desperate to win a by-election, that he bowed down to pressure and chose a tainted man like Isa. The fact the Bagan Pinang's UMNO branch demanded for Isa's selection only reflects the kind of people who are members there.
This selection is the product of many years (starting from Mahathir's time) where UMNO gives out contract to their members. And Isa is popular not because he is a quality intelligent leader, but a leader who knew how to play the system and passed on the contracts to the relevant people there.
All the noise from Najib that he wants transparency and accountability in his government is merely empty promises. By right, UMNO should discipline their members at Bagan Pinang for even threatening to boycott the election, but instead he chose the easy path with short term gain.
It is very unlikely that Pakatan can win that seat as it is a traditionally UMNO seat. So, I can imagine that Najib craves that right to brag after UMNO wins (assuming they do), to the entire Malaysia. After all history has shown how UMNO brags that the people supports them, and how the opposition is rejected at every by-election they won. Having tasted so many defeats, I think Najib will do almost anything to win one by-election in Peninsular Malaysia.
UMNO is the cancer of this country, and I hope a miracle happens in Bagan Pinang and that Pakatan upsets UMNO; and more importantly, I pray that Malaysians will open their eye to see that we cannot go on being governed by people who subscribe to corruption as a normal practice.