What Umno needs most to make a comeback

The ruling PH coalition is divided but Umno cannot make the most of this opportunity until it decides on the leadership question

Former Malaysian minister Khairy Jamaluddin is still sporting the beard he has had since the day Barisan Nasional, the then ruling coalition, was toppled on the night of May 9, 2018.

The rugged look seems to mark how his situation has changed as he went from a rising star in Umno to an opposition member of Parliament. Or as one Khairy-watcher put it: "Could be his way of saying that politics is tough and rough".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2020, with the headline 'What Umno needs most to make a comeback'. Subscribe