First party polls for Umno after defeat

A painting at Umno's headquarters featuring the party's seven presidents (from left) Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Hussein Onn, party co-founder Onn Jaafar, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Tun Abdullah Badawi, Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak Hu
A painting at Umno's headquarters featuring the party's seven presidents (from left) Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Hussein Onn, party co-founder Onn Jaafar, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Tun Abdullah Badawi, Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH

Revamp plan includes opening up contest for all positions and having younger leadership

Malaysia's biggest political party Umno is heading into its first internal polls in five years at the end of this month, with party leaders grappling over how best to move it forward after being mauled in last month's general election.

To reboot itself, the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) is opening up contest for all positions, with some leaders suggesting it becomes a multiracial party and bring in younger leadership.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline 'First party polls for Umno after defeat'. Print Edition | Subscribe