Umno has come a long way, says veteran member
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