Like
the many marriages of UMNO leaders who takes two or even more wives, the
marriage of UMNO and business has always been for reasons other then love. More
often then not these marriages are driven by lust on the part of the men while
their ‘trophy wives’ pursue their aged and senile quarry yearning for the
spoils that would come their way after doing the horizontal mambo with these
aging Lotharios!


 
The
marriage of UMNO and business is also without love. It is a self serving
marriage of convenience that involves the selling of the executive decision
–making process at all levels of government to the highest bidder. Money and
politics is the root of all political evil. It is corruption at its very worst.

And
nothing accentuates this abuse then the lack of accountability in the private
and corporate funding of UMNO and its BN components.
In
most countries there are legislation and policies in place
  to ensure that corporate and private
funding of political parties are regulated through disclosures to ensure that
there is no link to corrupt transactions that can be used by the political
parties to increase their personal and party’s income. The public is able to
monitor the disclosed funding and with this knowledge the public is empowered
into active advocacy and monitoring of the political process.
In
Malaysia State and Federal power are used to direct resources to support UMNO’s
and its coalition partners in the pursuit of winning elections. This undermines
the basis of the democratic process that our country professed to practice. It
was during the time of Mahathir that this practice started in earnest, was
perfected and even encouraged to prosper by no lesser person then the Prime
Minister himself.
What
is different today is this:
  There
is now the ability of the public and the alternative media (as opposed to the
government media) to interrogate UMNO and its BN component on these matters –
as I am now doing!
The
growth of corporate power has also created opportunity for these same corporate
entity to align themselves with emerging political alternatives to the Barisan
Nasional which not only takes away said funding from BN but over time will be
exploited by these emerging forces to cause the demise of UMNO and it’s Barisan
Nasional component party
No
sensible Malay would argue against the need of the NEP or Ketuanan Melayu. It
was clear that legislation was needed to ensure its success because persuasion
alone will not make it a reality. Ownership of business alone is not the ends
of this Ketuanan Melayu – it includes management control, employment equity,
skills development, enterprise
  and
corporate development – as it should. And so government and businesses are
obligated by legislation to award tenders, contracts and business opportunities
to Bumiputras individuals and entities.
Against
this background has grown the plurality of government and business that is now
being recklessly abused by UMNO. Also evident is the spectacle of Politicians
pursuing wealth – great wealth!
  It
has also led to the common charge of cronyism, influence peddling and the
creation of an UMNO aristocracy while the majority of Malays and other
Malaysian bear the brunt of these abuses of political power.
These
abuses are now institutionalised within UMNO’s and the government. These abuses
has been promoted by polices that are protected and even encouraged to flourish
by state and federal policies, state and federal protection and preferences and
now operates extensively through the UMNO and Barsian Nasiona networks.
 
Ketuanan
Melayu has been misapplied for political or personal gain.
But
that is not to say that this same Ketuanan Melayu policies have not benefited
many Malays – it has! But the same policy is also open to abuse by the same
politician that seeks to advance it.
But
as we the public clamour for accountability, UMNO and its component parties
stubbornly demanded for the status quo to remain as they have so much to hide.
Is
transparency in political finance a Utopian dream in Malaysia?
The
ketuanan Melayu issues has already been perverted by government officials, BN
politicians and party officials wanting to make fast money on party connections
and via sources that are potentially corrupting.
We
know that the relationship between money and politics have been at the heart of
every major scandal in Malaysia…and it involves the Prime Minister down.
  Will the narrow mindedness of UMNO to
focus simply on the acquisition of personal wealth and political power prove
eventually to be self destructive to UMNO?
IN
Malaysia money buys influence
 
politicians  and trophy
wives – and not necessarily in that order. A culture of transparency and
disclosure must start to take roots now within BN and Paktan Rakyat if our
country is to survive .
Talking
about transparency and good governance without legislation that can be
implemented and enforceable seems to be the way to go for this Najib’s
administration. What would it take for him to see that we the public has had
enough of politicians making biased decision to advance the commercial interest
of those to whom they are beholden? Let Pakatan Rakyat also be cognizance of
this demand by the people from whom they will expect much of in the 13
th
general election if they are to govern. Not to do so would be political suicide
for Barsian Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat!
    
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