PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian chapter of Transparency International (TI-M) has urged Umno to lay out its plans for the party’s revamp for the public to see.
“It’s not enough to just say out loud that you’re going to do it,” said TI-M president Akhbar Satar.
After disclosing its reform programme, he added, Umno must take concrete action to ensure that it will be realised.
He noted that the previous government, which Umno headed, introduced many initiatives towards integrity in governance. However, he alleged, they did not seem to have any significant effect on the party itself.
“At the very core, it was the same regime which was regarded as the most corrupt administration that our country ever had,” he added.
Akhbar offered a suggestion for Umno’s reform, saying it should, as a first step, stop its alleged practice of money politics.
“TI-M believes that money politics is the root of all evil and urges Umno to waste no time in carrying out reforms to eradicate it,” he said.
“Umno should formulate a good manifesto which outlines how to do away with money politics.”
He suggested that Umno leaders organise debates on matters pertinent to the party’s reform agenda, including ways to fight money politics.
He congratulated the winners in the Umno Wanita, Youth and Puteri elections yesterday and urged them to ensure that Umno walks the straight path to reform.
“Learn your lessons, including the rejection of the party by voters,” he said. “Take serious action against those found guilty of money politics, including expelling them from Umno.
“The party’s secretariat must effectively prevent vote-buying. But most important of all, party leaders must lead by example.”