66-year-old branch chief not deterred by age
“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