Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan today said that money politics had been the downfall of the Malay party at the 15th general election (GE15) last year.
He said money politics was also why Umno had sunk to its present level – weakened and no longer able to command the support of the Malay Muslims.
"Umno members should realise this. Money politics is ugly, disgusting and vile.
"It's an abomination to religion, customs and practices," he said in his opening speech at the conference of Umno's main wings in conjunction with the party's 2022 general assembly at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur tonight.
Mohamad, popularly known as Tok Mat, said Umno now wanted only those who were clean, and who wished to fight and loved their nation.
He also urged the party to do away with all activities linked to money politics before it was too late.
Barisan Nasional (BN), Umno's umbrella coalition, won only 30 parliamentary seats at GE15 – its worst election performance ever.
Umno had, before GE10, held sway over nearly every state in the peninsula.
It was given a run for its money at GE15 by Perikatan Nasional (PN) and its Malay parties of Bersatu and PAS.
PAS alone won 43 parliamentary seats at the Nov 19 election, making it the dominant party in Malay-majority constituencies at nearly 43% compared to Umno (23%) and PKR (11%).
Mohamad, the Rembau MP, said Umno as a defeated force would turn to ideas as its new political capital rather than money and power.
He said Umno would learn and absorb the intellectual prowess of its supporters, whether its party members, Malays or non-Malays, adding that everyone must be ready to contribute for the good of the country.