COMMENT | Umno's decision to use its own party logo in the upcoming Sungai Kandis by-election has become a hot topic among local political leaders and analysts.
BN component parties, especially MIC, were upset with the decision.
Its former president Dr S Subramaniam had reiterated that Umno will have to work on its own to win the hearts of the Indian voters at Sungai Kandis if it were to use its own logo rather than BN's.
Although Umno's argument to using its own logo is gauging the people's support for the party after its defeat in the 14th general election, the reason may extend beyond that.
Since BN's abysmal lost to Pakatan Harapan in the election, the number of BN component parties have gone down from 13 to three, leaving only MIC, MCA, and Umno.
With the current coalition, will Umno be able to challenge Harapan in the 15th general election? Many would be guessing that BN will not be able to shake Harapan.
Umno must find an alternative to challenge Harapan. The Sungai Kandis by-election may well be the platform for cooperation between BN and PAS...