Quite a few have been shocked and many more surprised at the unprecedented developments in the run-up to the UMNO General Assembly where many UMNO members have been hauled up before the UMNO disciplinary committee for various breaches of party ethics.
There has been much talk of weeding out money politics in UMNO and recent events seemed to suggest that UMNO may be walking the talk. A "Big fish" like Datuk Seri Ali Rustam has been banned from contesting in the UMNO polls while many other were suspended.
On the youth front, Khir Toyo has been found not guilty, while Khairy Jamaludin was found guilty and given a warning. Khairy, however maintains his innocence while Khir Toyo claims that the allegations were fabricated by others.
These allegations of fabrication are equally worrisome as one cannot discount the real possibility of being "set-up" by political opponents. This is an important aspect that the UMNO disciplinary committee must address. It is useless that a mechanism that is intended to weed out money politics mutates into a sophisticated mechanism to kill off opponents.
THe DPM Datuk Seri Najib who is slated to take over as President of UMNO come April has promised to further reform UMNO once he is in charge. "If we don't change, we will be changed. It is no secret we have to change". he said. You can read it here.