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Kuala Lumpur: Umno veteran Rais Yatim said he had been asked to pay for votes in the upcoming contest for top posts, and warned that money politics would destroy the party.
Rais, who is Foreign Minister said "the majority" of Umno members were more interested in making money out of the election than in voting for the right person.
"The majority of Umno people want to look for money and not for good leaders," said Rais, a member of Umno's Supreme Council who is vying for the vice-presidency.
"We have been approached under the cloak of assistance and cloak of contribution. (But) I'm not a player so you don't see my marks going up very high. If you want to be a good player, you have to say yes (to vote-buying)," he told reporters.
Rais, who has been with Umno for over 33 years, said the problem of money politics within the ruling party should be eradicated or it "will surely kill the party."
Umno, which has ruled Malaysia since independence, is holding meetings to nominate candidates for party posts after suffering major losses in polls this year. It will hold party elections next March.
"If Umno cannot curb this practice, Umno's future is done for because this has been (talked about) for the past two decades and it has not been curbed," he said.
In July, Umno asked the country's anti-corruption agency to help it battle vote-buying ahead of the heated battle for top leadership positions in the party.
Rais has only garnered five nominations of the 19 needed to contest in the party polls.
Apalah bodoh sangat menteri yang satu ni,kalau perwakilan tak mahu pilih awak..kenapa salahkan mereka?? Awak tu yang tidak cerdik, kenapa kata orang tak pandai...!! UMNO itu siapa,awak tu siapa...kalau nak buat komen glamerpun, tengoklah tempat...!! Perbuatan seperti ini patut tidak boleh berlaku lebih-lebih lagi oleh seorang pemimpin veteren seperti Rais..atau mungkin kerana faktor umur yang sudah pencen menyebabkan beliau dikuasai fenomena sasau atau lali/nyanyuk. Perbuatan Rais ini seperti meludah kelangit,terkena muka sendiri..!! Apalah nasib kau UMNO, dapat pemimipin yang seperti ini! CADANGAN SAYA UNTUK MENJADIKAN BILANGAN PENCALONAN SEBAGAI UNDI PERWAKILAN PATUT DISOKONG...JIMAT TENAGA,JIMAT WANG RINGGIT..MASA PERSIDANGAN NANTI TINGGAL BUAT PENABALAN CALON-CALON YANG MENANG DAN PERBAHASAN ISU-ISU SEMASA. SIAPA SETUJU..ANGKAT DUA-DUA TANGAN!!
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