UMNO, many UMNO grassroots members themselves say, has become from bad to worse in the past 6 years. For starters, it does not allow entry for service of anyone with intelligence. All you have to do is to visit the branches and you will see exactly what I mean. Anyone who has some brains who managed to get the opportunity to serve are a few lucky lot.
Secondly, UMNO is still dominated by old ways of thinking and outmoded ways of looking at life. Like many have said - "The Rakyat has changed, will UMNO change?". Look at the kind of issues they love to discuss. Sometimes it can be extremely embarrassing to see some "upcoming UMNO leader" trying desperately to be a hero of some old song sung with poor melody. Even the lyrics are not remixed!
Thirdly, even the grassroot members have difficulty meeting their leaders. Feudalism and hand-kissing is still very much a "wajib" culture complete with bowing down when in front of the powerful lord.
Fourthly, people are not convinced that UMNO is corruption free. More needs to be done to correct this perspective.
Fifthly, people are beginning to wonder why the UMNO service centers appear to be seasonal - that is only when elections or by-elections are coming. Why cannot it be all year round active with people participation?
Six, while other service centers caters for all other constituents, the perception is that UMNO caters only for its members and Malays. Is this so?
Seven, UMNO appears to be detached from the mindset of the young Malays. This is quite visible from the kind of issues raised by UMNO leaders which do not appeal to the younger generation.
Eight, there is also a feeling that the UMNO machinery's preparation for elections is ad hoc, unplanned and some sort of an event which will see almost all the big shots in one area at one go at one time Then everyone disappears! But the people remember until the next election.
Nine, what has UMNO done differently in the past 6 years that can convince people that it has changed?
WHAT SAY YOU?