It is now slightly more than 3 weeks since the General Election which has really changed the political landscape of Malaysia. If you are a keen follower of Malaysiakini, you would have noticed that the past 3 weeks, so much unexpected have occurred.
The question in most people mind now is that will UMNO change for the better. One question everyone is asking: if UMNO wants reform, what is Mike Tyson doing there?
I think the PM knows that he has to reform UMNO otherwise people will abandon UMNO. Already there are voices in some of the component parties such as PPP and Gerakan and even MCA that they should opt out of BN if UMNO does not reform. The question is : will he be strong and firm enough to institute a total revamp, including doing away with money politics?
For these component parties, there are 3 options to choose from:
1. Remain in BN, where their fate will be decided by whether UMNO reforms or not. Their fate will be in the hand of UMNO. If UMNO does not reform radically, these parties will probably be wiped off the next round.
2. Opt out of BN and join the Barisan Rakyat. But some of the parties are so weak now, they will be in no position to bargain for better terms to join Barisan Rakyat. In the reality of politics, do not expect PKR or DAP to give up seats for these parties to contest. They will probably be absorbed and disappeared from national political scene.
3. These small component parties can opt out of BN and remain independent and be a vigilant watchdog over both Barsian National and Barisan Rakyat. They can act as a consciense for the people and give constructive criticism for both sides.
In reality, it would really be difficult for these parties to gain back the support they once have.