Umno needs a total revamp, say analysts

Police at Subang Airport yesterday morning after a mob gathered there. Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife were planning to fly to Indonesia from the airport. Hours later, he resigned as Umno chief.
Police at Subang Airport yesterday morning after a mob gathered there. Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife were planning to fly to Indonesia from the airport. Hours later, he resigned as Umno chief.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

The future looks glum for Malaysia's Barisan Nasional (BN) unless there is a total revamp of its lead party Umno, with new, younger leaders taking the helm to win the trust of the people after the coalition's shock defeat in the 14th General Election.

"To save (BN), they need to rebrand the party, change the structure of organisation and let the young lead the party," political analyst Azizuddin Sani told The Sunday Times. "The feudalistic culture within Umno needs to be removed," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'Umno needs a total revamp, say analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe