Umno has come a long way, says vet­eran mem­ber

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KUAN­TAN: Umno vet­eran Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul Rani was in high spir­its as he joined In­dera Mahkota Umno di­vi­sion lead­ers and mem­bers dur­ing the state-level Umno Flag Run 2017 at Chen­dor here yes­ter­day.

The 70-year-old said he had made up his mind about join­ing the event af­ter be­ing in­formed about the pro­gramme dur­ing the di­vi­sion meet­ing re­cently.

“I joined the Umno flag run sev­eral years ago and, in the past, the run was not pop­u­lar.

“How­ever, it is dif­fer­ent this year. Most of the branch lead­ers from In­dera Mahkota are present to­day (Sun­day).

“It is good to see young mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“Umno has come a long way. As a vet­eran mem­ber, I have been with the party dur­ing its ups and downs,” he said at the Chen­dor field af­ter Terengganu Umno deputy li­ai­son com­mit­tee chief Datuk Jailani Jo­hari handed over the flag to In­dera Mahkota Umno di­vi­sion chief Datuk Mustaffa Ka­mal Ab Hamid and Pa­hang Umno Youth chief Mohd Sha­har Ab­dul­lah.

Ju­maiti Bakar, 52, said she was proud that the run re­ceived strong sup­port from Umno mem­bers ahead of the 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium.

“I will not be able to go to Kuala Lumpur on Thurs­day, so I de­cided to show sup­port by at­tend­ing the event here with my friends.”

Jailani, in his speech, said so­cial me­dia was now a ma­jor chal­lenge and one had to be pre­pared to tackle them.

“Umno has ex­pe­ri­enced var­i­ous chal­lenges since it was es­tab­lished, but one must re­mem­ber that this is the party that has kept the Malays united,” he said, adding that Umno had been tested sev­eral times, but con­tin­ues to rise and face the chal­lenges.

To­mor­row, the flag run will con­tinue along the Kuan­tan-Te­mer­loh route, as well as from Te­mer­loh to­wards Gom­bak.

The high­light of the event will be at the Gom­bak Rest area, when Pa­hang Umno Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Seri Ad­nan Yaakob will hand the flag to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Se­lan­gor Umno.

Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul Rani

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