Rahim blames loss on money politics, says he has evidence

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  • Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik, who failed in his bid to become Kota Melaka Umno chief during the division elections on Monday, has blamed his loss on money politics. 

He said he would forward proof to the party disciplinary committee for further action. 

Rahim contested for the Kota Melaka Umno chief's post and lost to incumbent Datuk Amid Nordin. He polled 126 votes compared with Amid’s 235.  

Rahim: I have never seen such rampant practice of money politics

Rahim has made several allegations against candidates and delegates.  

“I also have audiotape evidence,” he told reporters during a press conference at the National Press Club at Jalan Tangsi here yesterday. 

Rahim, 54, said his expose on corruption in the party could anger some people. 

“But let them get angry. I have won and lost elections before but I have never seen such rampant practice of money politics,” he said. 

Rahim said he hoped the Umno leadership would summon the political will to fight corruption within the party. 

“It is spreading like a cancer and it must be stopped or Umno will be reduced to being an exhibit in a museum,” he said. 

When contacted, Amid said he did not have the financial resources to match Rahim’s. 

“I am not as rich as Rahim but I have contested and won against him three times,” he said. 

He said Rahim should lodge a report to the Umno headquarters with proof that money politics took place during the elections. 

Party secretary-general Datuk Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said any claims of money politics should be made to the disciplinary committee, which will investigate the matter.  

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