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Umno wants to lead Malaysia, but who will lead Umno?

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi opening the party's general assembly on March 28, 2021.PHOTO: UMNO

KUALA LUMPUR - Umno's general assembly has left the rank and file of Malaysia's grand old party believing it is on the cusp of returning to the dominance it considers a birthright, even if its shrunken Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition goes it alone at upcoming polls.

"Umno is like an elephant. But what is the point if not a single branch snaps when we enter the forest? If an elephant enters the forest, trees fall and it smashes everything," the party's deputy president Mohamad Hasan said in his winding-up speech at the meeting on Sunday (March 28).

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