A friend (a foreigner) recently remarked “why in Malaysia the scandalous the leader had become the more likely he/she would be elected into higher office in the country?,” he asked.

I was speechless. But almost instantaneously I thought of Kasitah Gadam, 2M in his name, former Sport Minister and score of others came to the back of my mind. These peoples have baggage full of scandals but yet we still elect them year in and year out.

Thank to Umno and Mr Clean – those who apparently outlive their political career still can become minister like the 2M, Isa Samad now able to contest Umno highest office despite found guilty of money politics!

The best thing is that they don’t see anything wrong with that and said it straight to our face for electing them over and over again into office. Here is what I mean (The Star):

“I do not know why people want to brand that sort of thing. I don’t know why people are so concerned about that. We are from the same era,” he said, responding to a suggestion by former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who said that the fall of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is the result of Dr Mahathir prevailing.

“The fact is there’s always continuity in terms of leadership. We are from the same party, with the same thinking and slight changes because different situations warrant some changes. So, I don’t think there is any necessity to brand it as bringing back the Mahathir era.

“I don’t think it is necessary to even brand it in such a way,” he told reporters Wednesday after the first Malaysia-Indonesia joint trade and investment committee meeting here.

Muhyiddin said the fact that they met at certain functions did not mean that major developments were occurring.

The fact that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak continue to nudge up despite the cloud of scandals hanging over him tell it all (read this Malaysiakini story).  The scandalous they become the more likely Malaysians (Umno) will elect them.