‘PREPA­RA­TIONS

Mem­bers in red to flood Na­tional Sta­dium on Thurs­day to show party unity

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SOO WERN JUN KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

COME Thurs­day, Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium will be a sea of red as some 140,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to gather for Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

Umno ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rauf Yu­soh said red items of cloth­ing would be handed out to at­ten­dees — the colour that re­flects the party’s unity.

“This is the ‘orig­i­nal’ colour of unity, un­like those who are try­ing to ‘copy’ Umno’s orig­i­nal­ity,” said Rauf dur­ing a tour of the sta­dium that was at its tail-end of a re­ju­ve­na­tion process.

With the cel­e­bra­tion just around the cor­ner, Rauf said prepa­ra­tions were 75 per cent com­pleted.

“Re­main­ing prepa­ra­tions in­clude dec­o­ra­tions and tech­ni­cal fin­ishes. Dec­o­ra­tions will liven up the at­mos­phere in the sta­dium. We want to keep spir­its high.”

Rauf said the cel­e­bra­tion started on May 1 with a flag run, which be­gan con­cur­rently in all states, and will end on Thurs­day in Bukit Jalil.

“This is sym­bolic to pro­mote unity within the party na­tion­wide.

“It will show the party’s unity and to­geth­er­ness un­der the Barisan Na­sional govern­ment as the coun­try heads closer to­wards the gen­eral elec­tion,” he said.

He said the cel­e­bra­tion would also fo­cus on small- and medi­um­scale in­dus­tries, where busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties were of­fered to those who have signed up to op­er­ate stalls on Thurs­day.

“Small- and medium-scale in­dus­try en­trepreneurs will have the op­por­tu­nity to mar­ket and pro­mote lo­cal prod­ucts dur­ing the pre-cel­e­bra­tion event or­gan­ised by Me­dia Prima Group, fea­tur­ing the WOW Car­ni­val at the sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.”

Rauf said an­other sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence the at­ten­dees would no­tice was the food and bev­er­age sec­tion.

“We have de­cided to bring in 50 food trucks for the cel­e­bra­tion to en­lighten the pub­lic on the food qual­ity and clean­li­ness of the food truck busi­ness,” he said.

As an added ef­fort to draw in more peo­ple, Rauf said the high­light of the night would be a lucky draw, where six cars and 10 mo­tor­cy­cles would be given away, with the grand prize be­ing a Pro­ton Per­dana.

“This lucky draw is only for Umno mem­bers who have reg­is­tered as vot­ers and are present at the cel­e­bra­tion night.

“To par­tic­i­pate in the lucky draw, they need to reg­is­ter on­line via the ‘Malaysia For All’ app.”

He said the main cel­e­bra­tion night would fea­ture the im­por­tance of up­hold­ing the party’s elec­tion ma­chin­ery in fac­ing the gen­eral elec­tion.

“We are hop­ing that the at­ten­dees that night will reg­is­ter them­selves with the party as vot­ers if they have not done so,” he said.

Apart from that, there will also be a ca­reer fair or­gan­ised by Umno Youth as one of the fea­tured high­lights.

Ap­pli­cants can bring their re­sumes for on-the-spot in­ter­views where re­sults of in­ter­views will be re­vealed on Thurs­day it­self.

Over 10,000 jobs would be of­fered at the ca­reer fair.

PIC BY ASWADI ALIAS

Umno ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rauf Yu­soh

(third from right) and Real Project Man­age­ment Sdn Bhd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Oliver

Roche (left) in Bukit

Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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