71ST UMNO AN­NIVER­SARY RUN FLAGGED OFF

Show com­mit­ment to party and not those with own agen­das, says Salleh

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UMNO mem­bers should steer clear of the in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic po­lit­i­cal cul­ture to en­sure the party’s progress. Umno trea­surer Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said his­tory had shown that team­work and unity at all lev­els were es­sen­tial for the party to re­main strong.

He said this in­cluded sup­port­ing the party’s lead­er­ship to fa­cil­i­tate its goal of serv­ing the peo­ple and coun­try.

“We must show our com­mit­ment to the party and not to in­di­vid­u­als who have their own agen­das.

“In this re­gard, we must sup­port our lead­ers, namely party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Sabah Umno chief and Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman,” he said af­ter flag­ging off par­tic­i­pants of the 71st Umno An­niver­sary Run in Sepang­gar here.

The run, held si­mul­ta­ne­ously na­tion­wide in con­junc­tion with Umno’s an­niver­sary, car­ries the mes­sage to in­stil love for the party, he said.

Present were Karam­bunai as­sem­bly­man Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, Sepang­gar act­ing Umno divi­sion chief Datuk Yakub Khan and state Umno Youth chief Ya­mani Hafez Musa.

About 300 mem­bers from the three wings took part in the 12km run and cy­cling event that ended in Sa­lut Tuaran.

Ya­mani, who is also the or­gan­is­ing chair­man of the state-level run, said the event would con­tinue in Tuaran, Kota Be­lud and Kota Marudu be­fore end­ing in Ku­dat, 190km away from here.

“Sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties will also be held over the next few days in­volv­ing 25 Umno di­vi­sions com­pris­ing Wanita, Pu­teri and Pe­muda wings,” he said.

In Tumpat, Ke­lan­tan, some 3,000 mem­bers, who car­ried 71 party flags, took part in the run from Pengkalan Ku­bor to Pasir Pu­tih. It was flagged off by act­ing Tumpat Umno divi­sion chief Datuk Mohd Rosdi Ab Aziz.

Rosdi said the large turnout by Ke­lan­tan Umno mem­bers was a strong dis­play of unity and ex­pressed hope that it would con­tinue un­til the gen­eral elec­tion.

“This is the party’s wish,” he said, adding that about 1,000 mem­bers from Tumpat would travel to Kuala Lumpur to at­tend the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on May 11.

Ke­lan­tan Umno an­niver­sary run spokesman Datuk Idris Mah­mood said par­tic­i­pants from Tumpat would hand over the flags to Umno mem­bers in Pasir Pu­tih.

“In Pasir Pu­tih, the flags will be handed over to our coun­ter­parts in Be­sut, Tereng­ganu.

“The next leg will be held at Kam­pung Pachakan on May 4 and state Umno lia­sion com­mit­tee chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed will hand over the flags to our Tereng­ganu coun­ter­parts.”

Umno trea­surer Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (fifth from right) with the par­tic­i­pants of the 71st Umno An­niver­sary Run in Sepang­gar yes­ter­day. With him are Sepang­gar act­ing Umno divi­sion chief Datuk Yakub Khan (third from right), Sabah Umno Youth chief Ya­mani Hafez Musa (fourth from right) and Karam­bunai as­sem­bly­man Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid (sixth from right).

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