Umno Youth Questioned over BN Logo Suggestion for Sabah Polls

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Malacca Bersatu information chief Mohd Raduan Ja’apar has questioned Umno Youth wing’s suggestion to use the BN logo in the Sabah state election and general election.

“Why the need to use the BN logo? It’s a liability, as the sentiment of Najib (Abdul Razak) as the kleptocracy prime minister is still there.

“Why not use a new logo that is not related to BN? If Umno is sincere, they must come together with Perikatan Nasional and use a new logo.

“Unfortunately, Umno had declared that it did not want to be with Perikatan Nasional,” he said in a Facebook posting.

Raduan added that Bersatu would look stupid if it agreed to the suggestion to use the BN logo in the 15th general election.

Yesterday, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki suggested that the BN logo be used in the polls.

Asyraf said he had relayed the suggestion to PAS and Bersatu.

“We, the Umno Youth wing, hoped that the party leadership would consider using the scale logo in the Sabah state election or the upcoming general election,” Asyraf had said.

His statement came after Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal, who is a candidate for Bersatu Youth chief, suggested Perikatan Nasional (PN) flags be used in the Sabah state election.

“We will have a clash for the first time in the Sabah state election as Perikatan Nasional. I have brought Sabah Youth to meet (Prime Minister) Muhyiddin Yassin and we will use our flags.

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“The flag is dark blue with Perikatan Nasional wording on it,” Wan Ahmad Fayhsal said.

Meanwhile, Bersatu vice president Abdul Rashid Asari said today that the decision to use the PN flag during the Sabah state election was made after a meeting with Umno and PAS recently.

“Recently, we held a meeting with Umno and PAS. In short, we had agreed to become an entity.

“It means under the PN umbrella, there is also Pas and Umno. And we want to have further discussion for the charter.

I think what the deputy minister (Wan Ahmad) said was true. That’s why we will use the PN logo during the state election,” he told Malaysiakini.

Abdul Rashid also said that Umno has yet to officially leave the PN coalition.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Umno president (Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) spoke about it (Umno leaving PN) but it’s not official,” he said.

For the record, last month, Umno had decided against being a component party of the PN coalition.

Zahid said that Umno would focus on strengthening its pact with PAS. The pact is known as Muafakat Nasional.

He also said Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin had requested for Bersatu to be a part of Muafakat Nasional. – Malaysiakini