Merging BN components into a single party makes eminent sense. This is an idea whose time has come. I am glad that the idea is gaining traction with senior UMNO leaders and leaders of some BN components.
One of the significant outcomes of GE13 must be that UMNO is clearly the party with rural strength. In the urban centres, due to its race-based political matrix, the urban electoral seats were ceded to the Chinese-based BN components.
The race-based political narrative appears to maintain a faithful following in the rural areas.
But, in the urban centres and mixed race areas, race-based narrative was strongly rejected in GE13.
The statement that Muhiyiddin has just been reported to have made is a tacit nod on this fact and, an express encouragement to the process to transform BN into a single party.
Without this transformation it is very likely that BN will be a permanent a dead-duck in the urban centres.
To engage urban Malaysians, BN needs a more inclusive membership formula.
And, direct membership will show the way for urban Malaysians to relate better to BN.