How times have changed. Check out this press report from 2006.
An excerpt from a report in The Star (21 August 2006):
Stop handout culture if you want community to excel, Najib says
TANGKAK: The Malays have to stop the hulur (handout) culture if they want their community to be one that is excellent and respectable, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
If those who practise such culture become leaders in the party, it would lead to a weak Umno, he told delegates at the Ledang Umno division meeting here yesterday.
Najib said this in reference to a popular notion that a way to lobby for support is to give below-the-counter payments.
“The hulur culture, as a means to lobby for favours, will not help the Malays become an excellent community,” said Najib.
“Our political struggles in Umno are far from over. We must continue the struggles for the sake of the Malays, the nation and Islam,” he said.
Najib said Umno did not struggle for the Malays to become mat rempit (illegal street racers) or to have HIV but to excel in politics, economy, education and other fields.
Say no more.