MUCH as the likely win by Tan Sri Isa Samad in Bagan Pinang today would be welcomed by the leadership after the string of losses Umno has suffered, I am afraid what the nation needs is for Umno to lose again. This is because again we have fielded a candidate proven to be corrupt.
A win by Isa would translate into an endorsement of corruption-as-usual within the party and the government that it leads.
For the good of the party, the dignity of the Malay community it claims to represent and for the sake of the nationwide reform in governance and politics that we must undergo, it would be better if Umno lost today, and used the loss to begin internal reform.
Corruption is the scourge of the country. Umno is a step away from being identified with that scourge.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Member of Parliament
11 Oct 2009