Abolish UMNO – as no political will to eradicate corruption in the most corrupt institution?

Should UMNO be abolished altogether as there is no political will whatsoever  to eradicate corruption in the country's  most corrupt institution 

Media Statement (2) by DAP Parliamentary Leader and MP for Ipoh Timor Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Thursday, 29th January 2009:

Just as no one expects that  the proposal of the Umno disciplinary board chairman Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudeen to abolish the Umno wings – Wanita, Youth, Puteri and Putera – to end the scourge of money politics in Umno would be taken seriously by an Umno leader, nobody believes that it is possible to eradicate corruption in the country's most corrupt institution, Umno, because of the sheer absence of such political will.

Sure enough Rithaudeen's proposal encountered immediate objection yesterday from the Umno top-guns, like Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno Youth leader Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Umno Wanita leader Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and  Puteri Umno leader Datuk Noraini Ahmad with the de facto Umno President and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivering the coup de grace when he said today that Umno will not abolish any of its wings as they are important in nurturing future leaders of the party.

If Rithaudeen is right – and he is right – that the many elections for the Umno Youth, Wanita, Puteri and Putera wings created opportunities for money-making, all that Najib meant about "nurturing future leaders of the party" is to give them opportunities to be adept in the art of corruption in Umno party elections.

No wonder Umno has the notoriety as the most corrupt institution in the country and Rithaudeen is totally helpless to check money politics, to the extent that he has to concoct a totally unacceptable analogy to justify the Umno disciplinary board's failure to hand over all cases of Umno money politics to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

New Straits Times reported Rithaudeen's attempt to differentiate the powers and jurisdictions of the MACC and the Umno disciplinary board, as follows: 

Rithauddeen differentiated the powers and jurisdictions of the MACC and the board, after Umno asked the commission last July to help it arrest rampant vote-buying in the party.

He used the analogy of a doctor who operated on a patient while drunk.

"Under criminal law, the doctor can be charged with negligence if the patient dies. The deceased's relatives can also sue for damages under civil law and, finally, the Malaysian Medical Council can also take action against him by stripping him of the ability to practise.

"This is the same with Umno members caught for money politics. They can be charged under criminal law for corruption and sentenced to prison or fined.

"At the same time, the board will also take action against them by suspending their membership," Rithauddeen said.

Investigations by the MACC and the board will be done separately by each body and any sharing of information will be done on a case-by-case basis, he said.

"The MACC has its own investigations and we have our own investigations. We do not get involved with the MACC."

Rithaudeen should realize that his analogy is erroneous, fallacious and highly dangerous – just as it is wrong for him to suggest that the charge of  criminal negligence in the case of a doctor who operated while drunk resulting in death could be avoided by refusing or failing to report the crime to the proper authorities.

Similarly, Rithaudeen and the members of the Umno disciplinary board could be violating the law  and committing crimes themselves if they withhold from the MACC any case of Umno money politics  – which  MACC Chief Commissioner  Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan had said categoricaly as "corruption"  in Sunday Times interview (January 25, 2009) –by  not reporting every  crime of corruption  to the authorities.

Rithaudden's sense of despair and futility in the impossible  battle against corruption and money politics in Umno caused him to make the radical proposal to abolish the various Umno wings.

When will an honest and upright Umno leader make the next logical proposal – that  UMNO be abolished altogether as there is no political will whatsoever  to eradicate corruption in the country's  most corrupt institution?
Lim Kit Siang