If all goes well at the Umno general assembly this week, according to the leadership's grand plan -- then it will be a new Umno that emerges.
For sure, the party under Datuk Seri Najib Razak will represent a new era for Umno as it goes through a process of dynamic transformation and reform.
Not just talk. But the real deal.
The Umno general assembly which kicks off with the joint opening of the Wanita, Pemuda and Puteri general meetings this evening, is the second to be held this year.
Last year's assembly was held in March this year because of the postponement of the party elections due to the holding of the 12th general election in march 2008.
Also, during this assembly, a special assembly will be held to debate amendments to the party constitution. If endorsed by the delegates, Umno elections will be more democratic, open and transparent.
The special assembly will decide whether or not to accept the proposal to do away with the quota system in the election of candidates for top party posts.
Thsi will provide a wider spectrum in the choice and selection of candidates -- even for the presidency. But, some conditions are put in place regarding eligibility.
Besides, it is expected to reduce the "warlord-ism" that is so widespread in the party and the reason many Malays are loath to join Umno.
Umno leaders and members are probably on a high -- from the Barisan Nasional's victory in Bagan Pinang over the weekend. Feeling high-er still, must surely be its candidate Isa Samad who can now put the controversy surrounding his candidacy behind him now.
He can now tell his critics to go fly kite.
Whether or not he is a "new inspiration to Umno's struggles", as Najib put is, is something else.
This evening, deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivered his keynote address at the joint opening of the Wanita, Pemuda and Puteri assemblies.
He spoke on the importance of being united in thinking, action, intention and objective -- in Umno, for the much-needed and much-desired transformation and reform of the party.
He has given these movements a KPI to boost their membership, in preparation for the next general election.
The top Umno leadership so desire transformation and reform. Change and rejuvenation. The grassroots in the party must want it too.
More than a year have passed since the last general election. Whether or not the tide is changing in favour of Umno, at least, remains to be seen. There are positive signs. But Najib and Muhyiddin cannot go it "alone" on this difficult journey to win back support, massively lost in March 8 last year.
Umno members must give their support too. Umno must change and reform and it must be seen to do so.
If Umno members and grassroots leaders remain apathetic, contented and detached that they abdicate their duty to help strenthen the party, they will only lose one thing -- the next general election.