Seven horses bear­ing Umno flags kick off Pe­nang leg

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KEPALA BATAS: Seven horses bear­ing Umno flags to sym­bol­ise the party’s 70 years of ex­is­tence marked the start of the Pe­nang leg of the Umno 71st an­niver­sary flag run at Jam­batan Merdeka here yes­ter­day.

Lend­ing colour to the oc­ca­sion was a Chin­gay troupe, which also bore a gi­ant Umno flag.

Some 7,000 party mem­bers in the state are ex­pected to take part in a host of ac­tiv­i­ties un­til the Sang Saka Bangsa flag is handed over to Perak Umno to­mor­row.

Ear­lier, more than 200 par­tic­i­pants from Kedah Umno, led by Kedah Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah, handed over a party flag to Pe­nang Umno li­ai­son com­mit­tee deputy chief Datuk Seri Reezal Mer­i­can Naina Mer­i­can.

The Kedah con­tin­gent was wel­comed with a tra­di­tional silat per­for­mance and more than 500 party mem­bers from the state.

Par­tic­i­pants were in high spirits when they chanted “Hidup Umno” seven times de­spite the rain.

Reezal said the seven-horse pa­rade was meant to sym­bol­ise Umno’s con­tin­u­ous strength.

“Just like the horses, Umno con­tin­ues to be a force to be reck­oned with, and we hope we will con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence.

“As for the Chin­gay, it sig­ni­fies that Umno’s strug­gle is for the di­verse races in the coun­try and not merely the Malays.”

Bashah ex­pressed con­fi­dence that Kedah would con­tinue to re­main in Barisan Na­sional’s hands af­ter the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“We will pray for Pe­nang to rise up in the com­ing polls and we be­lieve Pe­nang will pray for us, too.”

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