More than 100,000 Umno members clad in red for the giant gathering in conjunction with the party’s 71st anniversary tonight, created a Red Wave environment inside and around the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
They started to enter the stadium area in stages since 2pm.
A festive environment engulfed the stadium and its surrounding areas with numerous stalls offering food and Umno souvenirs including T-shirts and mufflers.
The Umno anniversary themed ‘Seven Decades Championing The Race’ became the biggest ever to be held in the history of Umno with the expected turn out of its members to exceed 140,000 from all over the country.
Hundreds of buses ferrying Umno members were also seen entering the stadium area and traffic became congested with the participation of the public who opted to drive their own vehicles.
The early visitors were also entertained to performances by popular artistes such as Misha Omar, Jamal Abdillah, Wany Hasrita and Usop Mentor Milenia.
Party members and the public from all over the country gathered tonight to be together with Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Razak to commemorate the formation of Umno, which had defended and developed the race.
The event started at 6.45pm with religious talks followed by Maghrib prayers.
Other than the speech of the Umno president, other events scheduled tonight were the handing over of prizes for the Umno Sports Carnival and creative essay and short video competitions in conjunction with the 71st anniversary. – Bernama