Patriot takes careful note of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that voters will be enticed by the bribes (incentives, enticements and inducements) that would be dished out at the campaign trail of the upcoming general election.
True or unfounded, one would be wise not to naively dismiss Mahathir’s remark.
Looking at past elections, we should not be surprised if Umno entices voters with freebies and cash handouts. Patriot appeals to all voters to have some dignity this time around.
Malu lah sedikit kerana anak dan cucu anda, kalau bukan kerana masa depan negara kita.
While in past elections the mantra was, take the handouts but don’t cast a single vote for the ones doing the bribing, Patriot asserts that everyone should in the first place not even accept any cash and goodie bag enticements that may be handed out.
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Whether by the teachings of religions or standards of universal principles, the acceptance of anything that is unlawful, deceitful and corruptible is wrong and should be condemned.
It is high time Malaysians stood tall for the good of the nation’s future. Let us have some dignity within ourselves.
It is high time we grew out of this small-minded action of selling our precious votes for bribes.
Patriot warns that this practice of continuing to accept such inducements will eventually destroy this beloved nation.
It will become, ultimately, an irreversible disorder that undermines the Constitution and the monarchy and punctures the pillars of democracy.
Patriot further warns that it is mobilising its teams to monitor any such instances of voter bribery and voter gullibility and will expose such despicable acts of betrayal against people, King and nation without fear or favour.
Retired Brigadier General Dato’ Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot)