Umno has never bullied its Barisan Nasional partners and it is the Opposition that came up with the claim to undermine the coalition, says the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the complaint that Umno was a bully was not even started by the component parties but initiated and harped on by the Opposition to make people perceive the Barisan parties were weak and hence hate and reject them.

Rebutting the claim, he said the Barisan co-operation was still very much intact.