Despair hung heavy in the air as Umno members celebrated its 72nd anniversary in a visibly crushed mood, likely still aching from the party’s humiliating defeat in Wednesday’s polls.
They were, after all, the nation’s most dominant political party, having ruled the country for over 60 years.
But then again, circumstances have certainly changed.
Tonight, Umno leaders and supporters convened to celebrate the party’s birth as the federal Opposition for the first time.
That explains the stiff ambience at tonight’s event, which saw a markedly smaller attendance.
The Tun Razak 3 hall where the dining was held could likely fill 1,000 people, but was half empty.
At the front of the hall, a 10-foot make-shift stage carried the only sign that marked Umno’s birthday. The stage was seemingly prepared for party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to deliver a speech.
That moment never came.
Najib and other key leaders arrived at PWTC at 7pm to hold prayers before heading to the Tun Abdul Razak hall to dine alongside some 300 members at around 8.40pm.
Flanked by party vice-presidents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, he arrived at the dining hall unannounced.
Source : Malay Mail