One positive result brought about by the recent General Elections is that a new wind of change is sweeping through many political parties and even UMNO, the party that has been at the centre of the government since MERDEKA is finding it necessary to contemplate reform to regain its dominant position.
Even the former PM lamented that he was not able to reform UMNO and change the Malay mindset in one of his many speeches. I am not sure if he was referring to the UMNO mindset or the other Malays who decided to vote opposition recently.
TDM forgets that it was he who created the UMNO election system whereby the rules were changed so that top leaders were "protected" from challengers by means of the qualifying requirements. UMNO had been ruled strictly from the "top down" approach and the grassroots were merely the "ants" doing all the work and having little say in the party direction.
Malaysians should thank AAB for allowing the democratic space to grow and even UMNO is now enjoying a fresh breeze. Many claim that AAB brought about his own downfall with his carefree non-chalant style of appearing to do nothing but some of us feel his style has enabled Malaysia to get some hope that things can change for the better of the nation.
Let us hope that UMNO leaders who are acceptable to all Malaysians will take up the challenge and offer themselves for the top posts.
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