Umno will fade away if immediate changes are not made to the leadership, its vice-president Muhyiddin Yassin said.
"If changes are not implemented, Umno will lose power and be unable to make a comeback."
"I worry that if no changes are made, the people will reject Barisan Nasional and Umno. I think the sentiments are growing among the grassroots, he added.
First, I hope Muhyiddin's definition of leadership includes leaders like him too. I remember that Muhyiddin was one of the leaders who rejected the notion of Bangsa Malaysia when it was mooted by Gerakan through its Anak Malaysia project.
A change of the leadership is necessary but the blame cannot be shouldered by Abdullah alone. The likes of Nazri Aziz, Hishammudin, Khairy, Ali Rustam and those race chauvinist delegates at the UMNO general assembly should be held responsible too.
Is Muhyiddin willing to call for the entire leadership, especially those who are directly responsible for making racist statements, to step down too?
A change of leadership i.e. the president/prime minister alone is not enough. Abdullah should not be made the sole scapegoat although as a president/prime minister he is doing a lousy job at controlling his people and managing the country well.
A change of mindset and culture of both UMNO and BN is equally important if the party and coalition want to survive and remain competitive in the political arena.
Most of the voters have voted for their future albeit a better one and not simply throwing tantrums at UMNO and BN.
Unless both UMNO and BN leaders wake up and face the reality, nothing can really be achieved by simply packing off Abdullah.