Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad saidUmno should pick a candidate who is free of money politics (vote-buying) for the Bagan Pinang state by-election.
He believed that BN could win the by-election on Oct 11 with a big majority because the seat was Umno’s stronghold.
he said having corruption-free candidates would be a very important factor in Bagan Pinang as well as in the next general election.
“For me, it’s not just this place. The people throughout Malaysia want to know whether we are serious about eradicating money politics, corruption and so forth,” he said.
If Umno fielded an candidate who was not clean, it might win in Bagan Pinang but would lose in other constituencies, he said.
He also feared that the party would lose badly in the 13th general election if the trend continued.
“I’m not thinking about individuals. I know everyone and I don’t care about anyone but I’m thinking only of the party,” he said.