KUALA LUMPUR: Despite sightings of several Umno supreme council members, there is no special meeting scheduled Thursday (Oct 6) night, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.
The Umno secretary-general downplayed Thursday night's meeting at the party headquarters here and said that it was a regular meeting with various parties.
"We have a lot of meetings. In the morning or at night. This is another series of our meetings," he said.
He added that it was also common for various parties to visit the headquarters to meet with party president Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi.
He also underplayed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri's visit as he is the vice-president of the party and the party was having an engagement session in his constituency in Bera, Pahang.
It is a coincidence, he said, that the president's Bagan Datuk constituency was also involved in the engagement session.
On vice-president Datuk Seri Mohammed Khaled Nordin's comment that Umno members were having a manifesto meeting, he said that it was common for political parties to prepare their manifestos no matter when the general election will be.
It was also revealed that the party has yet to finalise their candidates.
Ismail Sabri was reportedly rushed to the party’s headquarters after meeting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara on Thursday.
The palace, in a statement, added that the meeting was only for them to discuss and exchange opinions in regard to government affairs.
Over the past few days, talk has been rife that the Budget that is to be tabled tomorrow (Oct 7) will not be tabled, defusing the Opposition’s allegations that the Budget would be tabled just before dissolution, turning it into Barisan Nasional’s manifesto.