PUTRAJAYA – People from all walks of life made a beeline today to attend the Aidilfitri open house of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Cabinet ministers at Seri Perdana, the prime minister’s official residence, here.
The crowd started queueing as early as 8 am at the entrance of Seri Perdana to attend the open house, scheduled from 10.30 am to 4 pm.
Also playing host, besides Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman; Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein; Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
As soon as the gates opened, the Seri Perdana grounds were transformed into a sea of people who took the opportunity to greet and take photographs with Najib, who appeared resplendent in orange-red Baju Melayu.
There were also diplomats and leaders from both sides of the political divide, tourists as well as NGO presentatives.
The well-wishers were served a variety of food, mostly local delicacies such as satay, rendang, lemang, ketupat and nasi himpit, and those leaving after the meal also received a goodies pack while children were given ‘duit raya’.
A free shuttle bus service was provided to pick up and drop off people at three locations, namely Putrajaya Sentral, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque and Putra Mosque, at 15-minute intervals. – Bernama