Here's something of a confession of ignorance from UMNO - published on NSTOnline:
By B. Suresh Ram
SHAH ALAM: Umno leaders and members from all levels will attend a training and motivation programme in stages beginning next month.
Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the move was part of measures to strengthen and revitalise the party leadership in facing the ever-changing political landscape.
He said members of the party's supreme council would be the first participants at the Umno Empowerment Training Institute in Janda Baik.
The programme, endorsed by the party's management committee and the supreme council, will be held throughout the country for divisional and branch leaders.
"The programme will involve all levels of leaders because they are the prime movers who will guide party members and we want to project a new image," said Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister.
Speaking after opening the Shah Alam Umno division meeting here yesterday, he said the training would also incorporate modules on being people-friendly and on resolving the people's grouses effectively.
Earlier, Muhyiddin said following the 12th general election, which saw Barisan Nasional losing its two-thirds majority in Parliament and the loss of several states, political analysts said BN would have a hard time winning back the people's support.
"It is a challenging scenario for Umno and the Malays," he said, adding that the challenge was to ensure that the party's struggle in the past 50 years was not wasted.
He acknowledged that the party faced a daunting task in the present political climate and landscape.
Muhyiddin was confident that if party members and leaders were united in their task to strengthen the party as well as changing the perception of the people towards Umno and BN, both would regain lost ground.
Changes which needed to take place in the party must not only satisfy party members but also be perceived as good enough by the people.
He said the prime minister's 1Malaysia concept and economic liberalisation were just some of the changes.