By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa
BANGKOK, May 18 (Bernama) -- UMNO, the backbone of defeated Barisan Nasional (BN) will be staring at some "serious battle" involving its leaders following the historic 14th General Election (GE14), which saw the coalition losing it six-decade grip on power.
The looming battle, as predicted by an observer on Malaysian politics, Bridget Welsh, could be centred on finding the best ways to revive the 72-year-old Malay party after the electorate handed its worst defeat in history.
"It will be (Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad) Zahid Hamidi against Khairy Jamaluddin and (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin (Hussein), between the older and younger generations in the party. There will be some serious battle in UMNO," said the Associate Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University in Rome.
She was speaking during a panel discussion on the aftermath of the GE14 organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) here last night.
According to her, GE14 showed that voters from the younger generation were dominant and vital in ensuring the Pakatan Harapan (PH), led by the 92-year-old former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, swept into power.....