2 DAYS OF FUN AND SOL­I­DAR­ITY

Job fair, ex­hi­bi­tion, per­for­mances and abun­dance of food to mark an­niver­sary

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VEENA BABULAL

AND SERI NOR NADIAH KORIS KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

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

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