RUN OFF

Par­tic­i­pants re­ceive pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from pass­ing mo­torists

New Straits Times - - News -

SHARIFAH MAHSINAH ABDULLAH AND ILI SHAZWANI

KOTA BARU news@nst.com.my

THE flag-run or­gan­ised by Umno was filled with en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pants as they jogged along the streets in Kedah and here yes­ter­day.

Clad in red Umno T-shirts, the run­ners waved flags and re­ceived en­cour­age­ment from pass­ing mo­torists here.

Umno mem­ber Nik Ha Nik Ahmad said she was touched to see mo­torists wav­ing their hands at the run­ners in Jalan Tengku Chik here.

“We are in high spirits to­day (yes­ter­day) and can­not wait for the jour­ney to start.

“We waved our flags at passersby be­cause we want to show our unity and they have re­sponded nicely,” said the 42-year-old from Jalan Kelon­chor here.

The 2km-run was held in con­junc­tion with Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary and it kicked off in a joy­ful at­mos­phere at the Ke­lan­tan Umno build­ing.

Yes­ter­day was the sec­ond day of the state-level run, which in­volved 2,000 Umno mem­bers in four dis­tricts in Ke­lan­tan.

The other run­ning events were held in Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah and Kuala Krai.

Another run­ner, Wan Mo­hamed Ras­man Wan Has­san, said he went to the venue early as he did not want to miss the run.

“All of us were happy and we en­joyed the run. This is one of our hap­pi­est mo­ments and our con­tri­bu­tion to the party that we love,” said Wan Mo­hamed Ras­man, who is also the Kota Baru Umno di­vi­sional youth chief.

The two were among 500 run­ners from the Kota Baru Umno divi­sion who joined in the run yes­ter­day.

The par­tic­i­pants, led by Kota Baru Umno di­vi­sional vice-chief Datuk Ros­madi Is­mail, started to jog from the start­ing line in Jalan Tengku Chik at 10.30am.

Ros­madi later handed over the Umno flags to Pengkalan Chepa Umno di­vi­sional vice-chief Wan Shahrulza­man Wan Ab­dul Aziz.

Wan Shahrulza­man said the run would con­tinue in Padang Tem­bak near Pengkalan Chepa to­day.

FATHIL ASRI PIX BY

Kota Baru Umno di­vi­sional vice-chief Datuk Ros­madi Is­mail (cen­tre) lead­ing party mem­bers in the flag-run in Kota Baru yes­ter­day.

Datuk Ros­madi Is­mail (third from left) hand­ing over the Umno flags to Pengkalan Chepa Umno di­vi­sional vice-chief Wan Shahrulza­man Wan Ab­dul Aziz in Kota Baru yes­ter­day.

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