Like it or not, many see Utusan Malaysia as the mouthpiece of UMNO, the largest component in Barisan Nasional (BN), regardless of whether or not what the newspaper says is what UMNO says.
And when Utusan's editorial calls for BN to ignore a portion of the nation's population, it is as if this is a call from UMNO.
Utusan certainly is not doing its political master any favors, and personally Walski sees it as a liability to the party. Editorials such as this may be an ego boost to some in UMNO, but in public relations terms, does more damage to it than good. Equally unfortunate is the fact that some party supporters often echo what Utusan editorializes as if the paper represents the party in toto.
Senior UMNO member, who blogs under the pseudonym Sakmongkol AK47, has constantly criticized this attitude (see his latest critique).
But Utusan, it seems, continues to have a mind of its own, basking in the glory of its own narrow perspective. It's friends like this newspaper that reinforces the notion that UMNO only cares for the race it represents, and cares not for all Malaysians.
Utusan tells BN to ignore Chinese vote after Sarawak polls
Utusan Malaysia has told Barisan Nasional (BN) to ignore the Chinese community for not supporting the ruling coalition during yesterday’s Sarawak elections.
BN’s Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) lost more than two-thirds of the 19 seats it contested in a snub by the tiny but vociferous Chinese commuity.
edition Mingguan Malaysia, columnist Awang Selamat stressed that re-elected Sarawak chief
“The average Chinese voters have rejected BN and supported DAP. Therefore the BN state government can no longer be too generous to give place to representatives from the community. Sarawak cabinet must be reflective of the decisions and attitude of the voters.
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“Clear message must be sent. Taib must show gratitude to those that supported him and BN government,” said Awang in his article “New Reality.”