Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Focus On Training, Ignore Criticism, Putera Umno Skydivers Told - Bernama

By Syed Azwan Syed Ali

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein today advised the 10 Putera Umno members who will skydive over the North Pole next month to concentrate on their training and ignore criticisms against their venture.

In defending the expedition, Hishammuddin said the 10 skydivers comprising Putera Umno members of between 19 and 24 years should succeed in their venture to silence the sceptics.

"Prove it with your action, prove that you (Putera Umno) can do it and that will silence the critics," he said when commenting on the scepticism expressed by some people over the expedition organised by the Umno Youth bureau, at the Parliament lobby here.

Ten Putera Umno members will skydive from 6,000 feet from an aircraft over the North Pole sometime between April 15 and 20, depending on the weather. The average temperature at the pole is minus 34 degrees Celsius.

The team of skydivers, led by Haziq Azlan, 19, was chosen from about 100 Putera Umno members who had registered to participate in the programme initiated by Putera Umno Bureau Chairman Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who is the expedition leader.

Hishammuddin, who is Education Minister, said it was normal for people to criticise a novel effort, what more when it was an extreme one like the skydiving venture.

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