Umno in power for too long to respond to change

THE delegates at the upcoming Umno general assembly will have to seriously consider the party's relevance to the Malay voters after the recently-concluded PAS elections. PAS is growing in confidence that its partnership in the Pakatan Rakyat alliance will bear fruit in the next general election.

The election of moderate leaders like Mat Sabu, Salehuddin Ayub and Husam Musa to continue the leadership of the party signals their members' willingness to compromise on their idealogical principles and move the party to the country's political center to solidify the support of the Malay majority middle class.

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