UMNO Disciplinary Board Chairman, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen, in meting out the punishment to bar a candidate to vie for the NO 2 position, said that the board decision is based on hard EVIDENCE.
If this is based on hard evidence, then the logical thing to do is to make a report with the MACC to investigate further and pass on all materials to the investigating team.
For the country in general (and UMNO in particular) to remain credible, there must not be the perception that there are 2 sets of laws in the country. Any wrong doings must be investigated, and any wrong doers punished , using the existing law in the country.
In the meantime, while the investigation is going on, the person involved (apa nama dia..Oh.. UMNO-will-govern-for-another-50-years-alone) must resign from all party and government positions, since money politics is considered a criminal offence, a type of corruption..
Similarly, the other person who received a warning should be investigated as well.
That is the logical and honourable thing to do…
Let us look at these photos:
Shoichi Nagakawa, Japanese Finance minister resigned because he was drunk at a press conference while in Rome
Iceland’s minister of commerce, Bjorgvin Sigurdsson, resigned because of ‘poor’management of its economy
Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil resigned because of the Mumbai bombing…
These 3 resigned not because of criminal offence but because of certain mistakes they made..There were many many other such examples. This is what accountability is about.
In our country, nothing of this sort happens… No one resigns over his or her mistakes.
However, even if no one resigns over his or her mistakes (since this has already been the culture),, surely criminal offences should not be let off easily, if we still claim to be a country practising the rule of law..
If there is to be ‘rule of law’, then what is deemed an offence by the Disciplinary Board of the party must be investigated by the relevant authority constituted under the law and action must be taken if there is proof beyond doubt.
There cannot be 2 sets of law, one for the common people and one for the ruling elites…If we want people to respect us, and if we bother about self respect..