When the roots of a tree is rotting, in matter of no time, the tree will die. Unless drastic action is taken to stop the rots, nothing can be done to save the tree. This is the exact predicament that UMNO is currently undergoing. When I joined UMNO in 1995, I already saw the rotting of UMNO right at the grassroots level and it rise up all the way to the top echelon of the party. I have spoken in various occasions of the need for UMNO to revive its struggle, and redefine itself, to continue to be relevant in the society. All of these talks fall on deaf ears. This was during Mahathir's era.