Who are these
people who are stakeholders for UMNO’s wealth? Proxies for UMNO’s business
undertakings? Keepers of UMNO’s purses? I must confess that in all my years in
KL I have yet to meet anyone who has identified himself or herself to me as being
one of these individuals. I know of Malays who have become exceedingly wealthy
because they are given contracts by the Barisan Nasional government. They
secure these contracts mainly by giving bribes to UMNO politicians. They bribe
to be pre qualified for the closed tenders, they bribe JKR to evaluate their
submission favorably and if the tender needs cabinet approval, they bribe
people in cabinet to approve their bid. All these are bribes given to
individuals. Not to JKR or to UMNO but to individuals who work in JKR and to
those in Cabinets who are UMNO members.
In as far as JKR
are concern we can understand that the money given to these individuals working
there is purely and simply a bribe.
Now how does
UMNO becomes rich with the bribe we give to those in cabinet or to the
political appointees in the various government ministries? I think the simple
answer is this.
UMNO does not
get rich with the bribes we give. The individuals we give the bribes are the
one who keeps the money. What do they do with the bribes we give them?
foremost they take for themselves what they need…to pay for their living
expenses, cars, holidays and to those who are so inclined, wine, women and
song….…not necessarily in that order……and maybe bit more to put aside for rainy
day….or another wife!
Once that is all
taken care of they will look at what they need to do to maintain their seat of
power that allows them to take these bribes. Of course numero uno is his lord
and master – his Minister. He will either give outright cash to the minister or
take care of expenses incurred by his minister.
Then he has to
make sure that the people around him and around his Minister are well fed.
These people determine his political future i.e. vote for him at the UMNO
election. These people are taken care on a monthly basis,on a one off
basis or on a need basis. To do this well he will need not only large amount of money but he has
to make sure that the money never dries up.
So the more
bribes given the happier the members within UMNO will be. This gives the
impression that UMNO is strong politically because it can take care of its own.
So we can all see the need for money politics
in UMNO. What happens if this source of money dries up? Then UMNO ceases to
function. So my friends can you see UMNO killing itself? Can you see money
politics, the life blood for UMNO, being taken out of UMNO? Is UMNO stupid
enough to commit Hari Kiri?
For anyone to commit Hari Kiri they must first understand what honor is. This is something UMNO does not have! So brace ourself for UMNO and money politics to be around for a long time. Where there is Abbot there is Costello. Where there is Laurel there will be Hardy....and you know what comes next! Where there is UMNO there will be money politics.