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Umno rewards the compromised — Sam Peh

MARCH 27 — Is it any wonder that Khairy Jamaluddin is now being made the chairman of PUNB? Not at all because Umno is a party which reward its members who have indulged in money politics, being found guilty of subverting the judicial system, abused the Internal Security Act and even those who have not been able to shake the smell of corruption.

Syed Hamid Albar is the top boss at SPAD, the public transportation body, and his claim to fame is locking up a journalist under the ISA supposedly for her own safety.

Isa Samad was found guilty of vote-buying or corrupting the electoral system of his party and now he is heading Felda.

Tengku Adnan Mansor was found guilty by the Royal Commission of Inquiry of fixing judicial appointments and today he is the secretary-general of Umno and a shoe-in for Cabinet appointment.

Rafidah Aziz was slated for the abuse of the Approved Permits scheme by none other her former boss Mahathir Mohamad and is today head of Air Asia X. She is also going to be boss of PInewood Studios.

Khairy Jamaluddin was found guilty by Umno disciplinary board of money politics but let off with a warning. Dr Mahathir noted that this was the first time that someone who had been found guilty by the board and in the court of public opinion was hailed as a leader of Umno Youth. Well, now he is going to be the head of PUNB.

Next we should expect Shahrizat Jalil, Khir Toyo and others to be rewarded. All they have to do is stay “loyal” to Umno and be “patient.” What they don’t need to worry about is whether they are clean, competent or controversy-free.

Once again, it just shows you the talent level in this political party.

* Sam Peh reads The Malaysian Insider.

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