Friday, March 6, 2009
Political secretary arrested by MACC
The word in the grapevine is that a political secretary of a Cabinet Minister has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission for graft. So far, the press reports have identified the person only as a senior aide of the minister. But the senior aide is said to be a political secretary. Money amounting RM70,000 was found on him with the MACC investigating whether it was used for the coming Umno elections. The boss of the aide is believed to be contesting a supreme council seat. The arrest has created a buzz in the party with speculations that more would be arrested in the weeks to come. Umno contenders are entering the last lap of the party polls, where the stakes are high. Money politics, as Umno leaders, like to call corruption has long been a problem in the party. Its leaders have openly acknowledged the disease but has failed to tackle it. Lip service instead has been the order of the day and no one, wo wants to get elected, dare to speak up. The party itself has received up to 900 reports on various allegations of irregularities. Malaysians would certainly want to see some big sharks being caught before the party polls. The question is whether the MACC can deliver us these political jaws?