Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad should not be nominated as candidate for the Bagan Pinang state by-election as he has been found guilty of political corruption.
PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad should not be nominated as candidate for the Bagan Pinang state by-election.
He said Umno's image would be affected because it would be regarded as not being serious in fighting money politics if it chose those who had been found guilty of political corruption.
"Isa has already been found guilty. If Umno fields him, it means that Umno is not serious about such cases.
"Even if he can win there, (we) have to consider what the whole of Malaysia thinks of Umno," he said in an interview yesterday.
He was asked to comment on speculation that Isa, the Teluk Kemang Umno division head, was in the candidate list for the Bagan Pinang by-election.
Dr Mahathir said that although the Teluk Kemang Umno division wanted Isa to contest, the people would view him as representing Umno nationwide and reflecting Umno's position.
"One can win to become Umno president but it does not mean that he can win elections," he said.
Isa was suspended for three years from June 24, 2005, for money politics in the 2004 Umno elections.
He was originally suspended for six years or two terms but this was reduced after he appealed.
On the MCA crisis, Dr Mahathir said it could be resolved if the party leaders placed the interests of the party above self.
"A leader will not do anything to destroy the party. If you know that you are no longer qualified, for whatever reason, you stop.
"Don't cling on to the post."
He said leaders should realise that it they owed their status to the party.
The MCA crisis escalated following the sacking of deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for his sex scandal in 2007, which was said to have tarnished the party's image.
The party will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Oct 11 to resolve its leadership dispute