Sep 12, 2006

Tun Mahathir - Report Money Politics To Umno Disciplinary Committee

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Extracted from BERNAMA
Dr Mahathir Asked To Report Money Politics To Umno Disciplinary Committee

PETALING JAYA, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should lodge a report with the Umno disciplinary committee if the former prime minister has proof of bribery in Saturday's election of Kubang Pasu delegates, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday.

"If there's any complaint on money politics it should be lodged with the disciplinary committee accompanied with specific proof or information that can be used as the basis for an investigation by the disciplinary board.

"We definitely want to wipe out money politics as a commitment by the party leadership but we cannot act without any proof or complaint to the disciplinary board," said the deputy prime minister and deputy Umno president.

He was speaking to reporters after opening the 9th National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Safety and Health" here.

Dr Mahathir, who is also former Umno president, told a news conference yesterday that he failed to get elected as a Kubang Pasu Umno division delegate to the party's general assembly in November because of money politics. He emerged ninth among 15 candidates vying for the seven delegates seats.

He also said that he would not report the matter because he had no faith in the disciplinary board.

Najib said: "The Umno disciplinary board is an independent body and is not under the party leadership. The disciplinary board has done its work all this while and we know that even those holding high posts in the party had been found guilty."

He said the procedure was that there had to be a formal complaint for the allegation to be investigated and anyone from the Kubang Pasu division could make a formal complaint and it need not be Dr Mahathir himself.

Asked on another statement by Dr Mahathir that he would continue to speak out against any decisions taken by the government which he felt to be wrong, Najib said there was no way anyone could stop Dr Mahathir from talking.

"He feels strongly about certain things. There is no way we can stop him from saying those things. The important thing is that we are able to convince the people that the policies we had taken, the decisions that we had made are in the best interest of the nation and the people.

"That is what matters in the final analysis, because you can't expect us to agree to whatever he (Dr Mahathir) says but this does not mean we do not respect him as a person...we certainly respect him as a person, but that does not mean that the government would agree to whatever he says or wants," said Najib.

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