140,000 Umno mem­bers ex­pected at party’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on May 11 will be the largest held in the his­tory of the party, with the ex­pected par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 140,000 mem­bers na­tion­wide.

Ber­nama re­ported the party’s ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Datuk Ab Rauf Yu­sof as say­ing that the cel­e­bra­tion aimed to pro­mote Umno and Barisan Na­sional as choice par­ties, with the gen­eral mood for the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion grow­ing pal­pa­ble.

The grand event is sched­uled to take place at Bukit Jalil Sta­dium.

“We ex­pect each Umno divi­sion to send 1,000 par­tic­i­pants. Through their pres­ence, we want to im­bue the spirit of unity for the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“The essence of the cel­e­bra­tion is to show the peo­ple that Umno and BN are the best choice at the next gen­eral elec­tion,” Ab Rauf said af­ter chair­ing a tech­ni­cal meet­ing of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre here yes­ter­day. He said in the run-up to the cel­e­bra­tion, sports events and pro­grammes would fill next month’s cal­en­dar at the di­vi­sional and state lev­els.

“We will or­gan­ise a flag run start­ing on May 1, which will be­gin in Perlis and, sub­se­quently, Ke­lan­tan, Jo­hor and Sabah. The run will end at Bukit Jalil Sta­dium on May 11.”

Ab Rauf said colour­ful car­ni­vals would be held at the sta­dium on May 10 and 11, and they were ex­pected to at­tract up to 200,000 vis­i­tors.

He said sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions had con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion, in­clud­ing Malaysia’s lead­ing fully-in­te­grated me­dia group Me­dia Prima Bhd, which would or­gan­ise its WOW Car­ni­val, while Umno Youth would or­gan­ise a ca­reer fair.

He said the most in­ter­est­ing pro­gramme would be a lucky draw that of­fered prizes that in­cluded six cars and 10 mo­tor­cy­cles to be won by mem­bers who reg­is­tered as vot­ers.

Datuk Ab Rauf Yu­sof

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