PUTRAJAYA: Eyebrows were raised at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia annual general meeting on Saturday, when backpacks that cost about RM300 were handed out to some central delegates.
A logo of the party is emblazoned on the Herschel-branded backpacks, which came in a variety of colours.
Registration secretariat officer Hasnul Hadi Ahmad said that 1,382 bags will be distributed to delegates who register on Saturday (Dec 29).
"This is for the delegates who register today. For those who registered yesterday for Youth and Women Wings, they received a folder.
"I do not think each costs RM300. It is probably lower as they bought it in bulk," said Hasnul.
Some of the delegates who registered yesterday asked why they did not get such backpacks.
Two Negri Sembilan delegates said they were very happy to receive such "quality backpacks" from their party.
"I like it, I will definitely cherish it as it has the logo of the party," said the delegate, who preferred not to be named.
"What bag? Backpack? Let me look at the picture, Oh, it's nice," said Bersatu Youth (Armada) chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, when asked if he knew about the backpack.
Bersatu Women (Srikandi) chief Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun could only comment that she did not get the backpack.
All delegates received a simple cloth bag upon registration but some of the central delegates were seen sporting this bag, which they received upon registration.
News portal Malaysiakini reported that the bags were limited to eight delegates per division, comprising office-bearers at the divisional level, from chiefs to committee members.