The choice of the candidate for the Bagan Pinang by-election has drawn many response from malaysiakini readers in the article Is Isa the best BN can give voters?.
Many complain about the candidate's involvement in money politics for which he was barred for a few years.
My view is that we have a corrupted system whereby an offence under the party constitution is considered an internal matter and nothing was done to try the matter in a court of law. It is as if UMNO is a very public secret society and one can commit a crime within the party and be safe from persecution from society.
It is now up to the voters in BP to tell our national leaders that any candidate who would have been guilty of an offence like corruption cannot be deemed worthy to become an elected representative of the people, no matter how good he is in other things like public relations.
In a way the by-election is a test of the moral compass of the voters in supporting or rejecting corrupted leaders.