KUALA LUMPUR – December 6, 2017: An exhibition to coincide with the ongoing Umno annual general assembly that has a section demonising the opposition appears to have backfired even before the assembly has reached its halfway stage.
It was observed by The Mole that this particular component failed to attract the interest of most of those present at PWTC and chats with grassroots Wanita Umno members reinforced this.
Instead the Wanita members from various parts of the country would prefer that the party focuses on a clean campaign during the next general elections which must be called within the next several months.
This is on the belief that a dirty tactics campaign will backfire and turn voters against Umno.
“Let us attract voters by way of a clean campaign that sticks to facts and figures,” suggested Fatimah Khairuddin, a member from Selayang.
Fatimah considers the information corridor with the section attacking the opposition as so unnecessary, especially as it coincides with the assembly.
“No matter how true it (the message in the posters) is, it’s not in good taste to put up these sort of posters where our assembly is being held. Our assembly is meant to present policies for a better future and to showcase Umno’s achievements, not to be petty even with the opposition,” she pointed out.
Amirah Abu Bakar, a member from Jitra, was of the same opinion.
“I don’t really fancy that part of the exhibition. Posters such as those put up there can easily be interpreted as cheap propaganda against the opposition. That may even reflect negatively on Umno,” she said.
Posters at the exhibition highlight the DAP’s action in dividing the Malays and the many u-turns by former Umno president Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Besides the posters, videos showed issues like the massive Bank Negara forex losses in the early 1990s that implicated Mahathir and his then deputy Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“What we actually want is to educate the people, especially youths, on the benefits of voting for Umno,” said Jamilah Abdullah from Kepong.
“We will do that by telling them about Umno’s achievements and explain the benefits of Umno’s policies and let them choose which party they wish to vote for,” she added.