Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Why is Umno so desperate?

Umno leadership is 'stooping low' in accepting two former PKR assemblypersons who have been charged with corruption. In fact, former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked Umno to consider all views before accepting the errant PKR duo that has set off the political impasse in Perak state assembly.

Is Umno so desperate that it cannot wait for the criminal court decision against them before accepting them," the acerbic veteran politician wrote in his blog today, referring to the duo's favours-for-sex corruption hearing soon.

"If they are accepted now and then found not guilty, the so-called Umno-led government will be accused of influencing the court. True or not does not matter as the public's perception is such. It will have an effect in the 13th general election," said Dr Mahathir, a trenchant critic of outgoing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Writing that Umno is already seen as corrupt, breaking promises and giving priority to Abdullah's crony in Terengganu, he said: "If we add to all this by accepting those accused of sexual bribery, Umno's image will get worse."

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