I refer to a statement made by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on why the relevant authorities have yet to investigate into the wrongdoings committed by UMNO and it has not been banned.
The registration of UMNO as the oldest Malay political party should not be cancelled based on the wrongdoings of some of its leaders. It is important for Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to let UMNO continue to operate in the name of democracy but rein in its dirty politics.
We are in an increasingly toxic political atmosphere, where fake news and racial provocations are disseminated through social media, some UMNO leaders will definitely accuse DAP and other Chinese NGOs of orchestrating the move to de-register UMNO, even if the process is carried out professionally based on the rule of law by the Registrar of Societies (ROS). Certain groups will also use this de-registration of UMNO to play up racial or religious sentiments and as a result, our country will become more divided.
Instead, the Government should get the authorities to investigate the source of funds that UMNO leaders are still enjoying despite their party being dogged by allegations of financial impropriety.
PH government should act magnanimously by giving UMNO ample time to rectify its wrongdoings. At the same time, ROS should deal with UMNO with greater discretion by guiding the party to amend its irregularities.
To win UMNO members and their supporters over, what is even more important is for PH to focus on creating enough jobs for the ordinary rakyat in order to stimulate the economic growth of our country. UMNO members will automatically leave the party when their living conditions are improved under the PH government.