TIME TO BOOST UMNO’S SPIRIT AND REDEEM HIS HONOUR
UMNO has proven that it is a fair party that doesn’t practice discrimination on those who have served their sentence and remained loyal to the party.
Yes. Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad has been nominated to stand in the Bagan Pinang by-election on a Barisan Nasional ticket. Now is the time for him to work hard to win it big for BN while clearing his name at the same time.
Isa Samad was suspended as member of UMNO for 3 years in 2005 for money politics while contesting and eventually winning the Vice Presidency of UMNO in 2004. Though he was singled out when several other parties were clearly guilty of the same, he remained loyal to the party, kept quiet and even campaigned for BN in Ijok. There is no rule in the UMNO Constitution that states that a guilty member who has served his punishment and was reinstated, cannot be nominated by the Party to stand as candidate in the National Elections. It is obvious that this also applies to the opposition which is even worse having ex-convicts stand as candidates in the elections who went on to win. Also, punishing a person twice for the same crime is considered “double jeopardy” in law.
Most importantly, fielding Isa is not about giving him a second chance. The fact remains that Isa is the best candidate that can bring in the numbers to win it for BN in Bagan Pinang, and that should be the main point at a time when UMNO really needs a boost in this arena. At the very least if he succeeds, the leadership should ensure that he grooms his successor for the General Elections in three years before he stands down.
Some skeptics within and out of UMNO may say that we may win this battle but will eventually lose the war. To them I ask, what Mickey Mouse War will we win on God’s earth if we lose all our battles? We should learn to go back to basics and cross one bridge at a time instead of dreaming of Disneyland. Now, Isa Samad MUST win this battle for us. If not, then I suggest Bank Negara monitors the outflow of liquid assets in the coming months leading to the General Elections. I suspect the opposition will not be as compassionate and weak as our own if they win the Government.