2 DAYS OF FUN AND SOLIDARITY
Job fair, exhibition, performances and abundance of food to mark anniversary
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NUMEROUS events and activities have been lined up for a carnival today in conjunction with the Umno 71st Anniversary celebration at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium here.
The two-day event includes an Umno Youth expo in the stadium’s carpark, featuring a job fair with some 10,000 positions up for grabs.
Media Prima’s Karnival WOW will feature performances by celebrities and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will be holding an exhibition.
There would also be a voter registration drive and lucky draw.
About 50 food trucks and stalls would set up shop to serve hungry visitors. Yesterday, there was even a stall selling durians.
Today, various activities and events will take place between 10am and midnight.
Tomorrow, the carnival will begin at the same time but end at 6pm for the highlight of the anniversary celebration inside the stadium.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Rauf Yusoh said the carnival was expected to attract up to 200,000 people.
He also said that it was all systems go for the Umno 71st anniversary celebrations as 95 per cent of preparations had been completed.
“We only need to fine-tune the audio and technical aspects, such the sound level and backdrop,” he said at a rehearsal at the stadium.
Asked if there were any complications or glitches, Rauf said the organising team was “ready” to handle them and commended the technical team.
He, however, said the organisers did expect some traffic woes as 4,000 buses ferrying Umno members from all over the country would be arriving in the area.
“I believe the police have taken the necessary measures,” he said as he reminded all outstation delegation buses to arrive punctually and follow the traffic schedules provided by their respective (state) committees.
In Petaling Jaya, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said apart from commemorating the party’s seven decades of existence, the celebration is also meant to gather party members in one venue and remind them of the importance of being united.
“We want to show our solidarity with the party and its leadership. The party hopes that with celebrations like this, we can gather party members from all over the country and show the people how united we are,” he said.
“The celebration was supposed to be held last year.
“But due to the deaths of two important party members last year, the party decided to postpone it to this year.” he said during TV3’s Malaysia Hari Ini programme yesterday.
Last year’s celebration was postponed following the deaths of Datuk Noriah Kasnon (then Sungai Besar member of parliament and deputy plantation industries and commodities minister) and Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad (then Kuala Kangsar MP and Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman).
They were killed in a helicopter crash during a helicopter flight from Betong to Kuching in Sarawak last year.
Others who died included Noriah’s husband, Asmuni Abdullah, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai, Noriah’s bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun and Filipino pilot Captain Rudolf Rex Ragas.
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
Datuk Seri Abdul Rauf Yusoh