News analysis | Umno polls

Umno leadership election: A choice between status quo, trusted elder, or charismatic youth


Party's direction to be set by either long-time loyalist, urbane prince or ambitious Youth chief

For the first time in more than three decades, the race for Umno's leadership is wide open but the internal polls will not decide who is Malaysia's most powerful man.

Instead, the June 30 election will be for a crown of thorns that comes with the responsibility of reforming a grand old party whose complacence and arrogance led to the end of its six decades in power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'A choice between status quo, trusted elder, or charismatic youth'. Print Edition | Subscribe