At least two Chinese-language dailies have been reportedly ordered not to report on Isa Samad's suspension from UMNO, after he was found guilty of buying votes during the party polls in 2004.
Isa was was suspended in June 2005 from the party for six years, guilty of several charges of political corruption, but subsequently the sentence was reduced by half to three years.
In his personal blog, UMNO veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has made the following sobering and sensible conclusions:
Beyond winning and losing political battles, the party leadership should step back and think about how their choice of candidate reflects upon the party and ultimately upon their own integrity.
Nothing says more about what we stand for and who we are than the kinds of leaders we champion.
“If Umno continues to field tainted candidates, the public might justly conclude that it would be better for the the country that Umno lost.
In our now dangerously divided society, it is important not just that elections be won, but that they be won with honour and by honourable individuals; that is to say, in a way that inspires the public’s trust in our institutions and enlarges our common sense of justice.
Only then can the results of elections unite rather than divide us.
That is our larger challenge.”
Isa Samad is undoubtedly a tainted candidate, he also does not appear have credibility and therefore does not deserve to win the by-election in Bagang Pinang,.
However, should he win, he will be likely to be more of a liability than an asset to the causes of unity, transparency and the eradication of bribery, corruption and money politics in Malaysia.
As a result the people of Bagan Pinang in particular, the people of the state of Negeri Sembilan and the people Malaysia as a whole will suffer.
His tenure as MB of Negeri Sembilan was, according to many, a period of stagnation, doom and gloom for the state, development and growth was slow and selective and self-centred cronyism, bribery and corruption appeared to flourish.
VOTERS OF BAGANG PINANG, SAY NO TO ISA
Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi
The deepest rivers flow with the least sound.