Run­ners, in­clud­ing the el­derly, took part to show sup­port for the party

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GRAND­FA­THER Salleh Ali is 80 years old but he was full of spirit to com­plete the Umno flag run from Kubang Ke­rian Umno build­ing to Yayasan Kemiski­nan Ke­lan­tan (YKK) com­plex in Melor, about 10km away, yes­ter­day.

The for­mer teacher from Kam­pung De­wan Beta was among 500 Kubang Ke­rian Umno mem­bers led by di­vi­sion chief Datuk Muham­mad Ab­dul Ghani, who took part on the third day of the event, be­ing held in con­junc­tion with Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion this year.

“This is part of our strug­gle and I am full of spirit to do it. I want to en­cour­age mem­bers, es­pe­cially the younger gen­er­a­tion, to work hard for the party,” he said.

Salleh said he joined the party when Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Pu­tra Al-Haj was prime min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent, and would sup­port the party through thick and thin.

An­other party veteran, No­riah Din, 59, said she took part in the run to show sup­port for the party.

Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa, who is also Ketereh Umno di­vi­sion chief, re­ceived the flag from Muham­mad.

The event, held in con­junc­tion with Umno’s 71st birth­day, will con­tinue from Ketereh to Pasir Pu­tih to­day.

In Alor Star, the run kicked off in Ko­di­ang yes­ter­day and ends in Kulim to­day.

Some 500 run­ners took part in the di­vi­sion-to-di­vi­sion relay run cov­er­ing 250km and cross­ing 15 Umno di­vi­sions in the state.

Yes­ter­day, the flag made its way through Jer­lun, Pokok Sena, Alor Star, Padang Terap and Kuala Kedah di­vi­sions in the morn­ing, be­fore trav­el­ling through Pen­dang and Sik, and com­ing to a stop in Jerai.

The sec­ond leg of the run to­day will cover Sun­gai Pe­tani, Mer­bok, Bal­ing, Kulim-Ban­dar Ba­haru and Padang Serai.

Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah is slated to hand over the flag to Pe­nang Umno chair­man Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Os­man.

In Kuala Tereng­ganu, state Umno ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Razali Bidin said the party’s Youth and Pu­teri wings would spear­head the run as the north­ern zone flag ar­rives from Ke­lan­tan at Kam­pung Pachakan in Kuala Be­sut, to­day.

Razali said the run would drum up sup­port for the mam­moth gath­er­ing of 120,000 Umno mem­bers at Bukit Jalil on May 11.

State Agri­cul­ture and Agrobased In­dus­tries, Plan­ta­tion In­dus­try and Com­modi­ties Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Muham­mad Pe­himi Yu­sof, who is Jer­tih state as­sem­bly­man, will re­ceive the flag in Kuala Be­sut.

In Tawau, Sabah Umno Youth trea­surer Faez Nordin, who led 20 Umno mem­bers, said he had been on the road for more than 1,000km for the past three days.

“The con­voy mostly cov­ered as­phalt road, but the weather was scorch­ing, es­pe­cially in Silam and Sem­porna, which we passed by at 3pm.

“But I don’t feel tired as this is a fight for us and a form of cel­e­bra­tion for the party’s 71st an­niver­sary,” he said. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Adrian David and Olivia Mi­wil

Salleh Ali

Pokok Sena Umno deputy chief Datuk Arif­fin Man (third from left) hand­ing over the flag to Alor Star Umno deputy chief Zamri Mat in Alor Star yes­ter­day. PIC BY EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

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