PUTRAJAYA – People from all walks of life today attended the Aidilfitri open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Cabinet ministers at Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister’s official residence, here.
The guests started gathering as early as 9 am at the entrance to Seri Perdana. The open house is from 10 am to 4 pm.
Buggies transported senior citizens and disabled people to the tents where food and drinks were served.
The police conducted body checks and inspected the bags of the visitors.
The well-wishers were greeted by Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and the ministers, among them Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
The heat of the sun did not melt the excitement of the people who waited patiently in queue to exchange Aidilfitri greetings with the hosts.
Najib, clad in a red-orange ‘Baju Melayu’, and Rosmah as well as the Cabinet ministers arrived at noon and began greeting the guests, among them leaders of political parties, foreign diplomats, NGO representatives and corporate leaders.
The Seri Perdana grounds were transformed into a sea of people who took the opportunity to exchange greetings and take photographs with Najib, who appeared resplendent in his Baju Melayu.
The well-wishers were served a variety of food, mostly local delicacies such as satay, rendang, lemang, ketupat and nasi himpit, and handed goodies packs while children were given ‘duit raya’ (money packets).
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.