66-year-old branch chief not de­terred by age

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“About 500 Pengkalan Chepa Umno mem­bers will take part. From there, they will pro­ceed to SK Raja Sakti and will hand over the flags to our coun­ter­parts in Ba­chok,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the flags from Ros­madi on the bridge in Jalan Atas Bang­gol here.

In Kubang Pasu, Kam­pung Baru SC Umno branch chief Aziz Zulk­i­fli Ahmad did not al­low his age to stop him from run­ning with younger par­tic­i­pants.

The 66-year-old was part of the Kedah-level Umno flag-run yes­ter­day. De­spite the scorch­ing weather, Aziz ap­peared en­er­getic and ex­cited to start the run with some 1,000 Umno lead­ers and mem­bers, as well as sup­port­ers from the Jer­lun Umno divi­sion.

“I might not be phys­i­cally strong but I am in high spirits. Be­ing able to take part in the run with party lead­ers, es­pe­cially Kedah Umno chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah makes me feel young and healthy,” said Aziz, who has been an Umno mem­ber for 20 years.

In San­dakan, Batu Sapi Umno di­vi­sional mem­bers who joined the flag-run yes­ter­day ran far­ther than the orig­i­nal route set for the event.

It was led by Sabah Umno Youth trea­surer Faez Nordin, who said the run­ners con­sisted of peo­ple who took time off from work to par­tic­i­pate.

“They were ex­cited about the run.”

Faez said yes­ter­day’s run kicked off at the Bengkoka Square in Pi­tas at 8am and passed through Belu­ran and here.

Kedah Umno chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah (front row, sec­ond from right) with par­tic­i­pants in Jer­lun yes­ter­day. PIC BY EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

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