Non-Umno Parties in a Huff over BN Election Briefing

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Umno dominated the GE14 briefing to the extent that other component parties felt like “wallpapers for mere decoration”.

Several Barisan Nasional (BN) parties were irked that a national briefing for coalition leaders for the 14th general election (GE14) on Saturday was dominated by Umno, the Borneo Post reported.

It said that there were complaints that the event at the BN headquarters in Kuala Lumpur turned out to be more of an Umno function instead of a gathering of leaders of the various component parties.

It cited Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing as saying that the other component parties were unhappy with the way the briefing was carried out.

They felt sidelined as the programme was slanted towards Umno, he said.

“It was a briefing by Umno officers on machinery for the 14th general election…the whole programme was tilted towards Umno.

“Even the backdrop showed only Umno top guns and none of other component parties’ presidents, as if the rest are just wallpapers for mere decoration…so we were not too happy,” Masing was quoted as saying in a WhatsApp statement.

The Sarawak deputy chief minister reportedly added that Umno should not dominate a BN gathering to the extent that other components felt they were there just to make up the numbers.

It was reported on Friday that the BN headquarters had invited 10 representatives from each party to attend the closed-door briefing.