FLAG-OFF: Five-day event to celebrate Umno's 66th anniversary
JOHOR BARU: A CROWD donning red T-shirts, made up of Umno members converged on the Dataran Bandaraya here yesterday morning for the state-level Umno Flag Run.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is Johor Umno chief as well, handed over both the national Jalur Gemilang flag and the party flag, Sang Saka Bangsa, to Johor Umno youth chief Mohd Fadil Muskon to mark the flag-off of the five-day event comprising 100 Johor Umno youth members.
There were also 66 cyclists accompanying the participants to mark the 66th anniversary of the party.
For the Johor-leg, the team is heading to Pontian, passing through Kluang, Batu Pahat and Muar before reaching Malacca on Saturday.
The participants will make a stopover at seven checkpoints along the rural route covering some 300km, where there will be cultural performances and feasts at each point.
The run is aimed at collecting one million signatures on a banner as a symbol of support.
In his speech, Ghani called for the Malays to uphold the spirit of unity mooted by party founder and former Johor menteri besar, Datuk Onn Jaafar.
"It is not only the Malays that should stand united, other races should also show their unity."
Umno was formed in 1946 to rally the Malays against the British colonial rule which tried to impose the Malayan Union.
On May 5, Ghani will hand over the flags to Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam before the participants continue the run from Sungai Rambai, Malacca.
The Umno Flag Run kicked off simultaneously in Perlis, Kelantan, Sabah and Johor, and will end at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, on May 11.