Umno still in disarray, four months after election loss

Party loses Parliament majority, deserted by two former ministers

Umno members at the five-day general assembly the party held last year when it was still in power. Its general assembly this year, which starts today, is a three-day affair. With its 49 seats, Umno is no longer the biggest party in Malaysia's Parliam
Umno members at the five-day general assembly the party held last year when it was still in power. Its general assembly this year, which starts today, is a three-day affair. With its 49 seats, Umno is no longer the biggest party in Malaysia's Parliament. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Malaysia's once-dominant Umno is in disarray, with earlier talk of a triumphant comeback giving way to concerns of further disintegration, after the exit of two senior former ministers last week just days before its annual general assembly.

This weekend's national congress is the first since Umno suffered a shock election defeat in May, losing its six-decade grip on power. Until last week, the country's largest Malay party had been hawking itself as the largest bloc in Parliament, ready to form new alliances.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'Umno still in disarray, four months after election loss'. Subscribe