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‘Non-Umno parties felt sidelined at BN national gathering’

 | October 22, 2017

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing is quoted as saying that the programme at a briefing on the general election at the Barisan Nasional headquarters was tilted towards Umno.

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PETALING JAYA: Several Barisan Nasional (BN) parties were irked that a national briefing for coalition leaders for the upcoming 14th general election (GE14) yesterday was dominated by Umno, the Borneo Post reported today.

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 parties were unhappy with the way the briefing was conducted.

They had been made to feel sidelined as the agenda was slanted heavily towards Umno, which is the leading party in the ruling BN, he said.

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

The Borneo Post also reported that the banner used as background on the stage only featured photographs of Umno leaders, although with the logos of the various parties.

“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.

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.

Masing was however also quoted as saying that Sarawak BN was well prepared for GE14, and the polls which are due by August next year would not be a problem for them.

“For Sarawak, no problem… Maybe for Peninsular Malaysia (BN parties), they have to be more prepared,” he was quoted as saying.

BN member parties to attend briefing at HQ tomorrow


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