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Friday, 9 February 2018

Monetization of politics reaches its height.......Chapter 5: Academic as Politician, Episode 4: This Political Life

This monetization of politics reaches its height during the party election season, which comes on every three years.  This is the time when money flows like water; politicians call this season, “durian runtuh” (durian harvest). From the branch elections, the field of play moves through the divisional elections on to the national party runoff, with higher and higher payoffs.  It is not uncommon to see branch and divisional officials and delegates to the national party general assembly during the election season having new motorbikes and cars at the end of the political harvest.  This is how the political process in UMNO gets corrupted.

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