PM’s open house a hit

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009

Raya open house

PM's open house

PUTRAJAYA: They came from as far away as Johor and as near as Subang Jaya, but they all treasured the chance to greet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and wish them Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The decision to hold the open house at Seri Perdana here instead of the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur was a good one judging by the number of people who turned up.

More than 50,000 people turned up for Najib’s first open house as Prime Minister.

“This may be my first time organising the open house at the Prime Minister’s residence but the response has been really encouraging.

“Extra preparations for the open house were taken to ensure that the public would have a good day out meeting the Cabinet,” Najib said.

He added that he was pleased by the efforts put in by those helping to organise the event.

By 10am, the official residence was filled with well-wishers.

There was a wide variety of food served, mostly local delicacies which took one night to prepare.

Caterer Adam Ahmad, 39, said three caterers with more than 300 staff were brought in to cook the food.

A long queue was seen at the steps leading to the foyer as many were waiting for their chance to greet the Prime Minister and his wife.

Many of those who came were excited to greet Najib.

Zulhizman Shahrin, 33, said visiting the Prime Minister’s open house was a yearly affair.

“I started coming for it four years ago back when the open house was in PWTC. Najib’s choice to have this year’s open house at his official residence is a good and personal way to meet the people.”

Retiree James Loke, 55, from Subang Jaya, who has been attending the open house for more than 20 years, found this year’s event to be enthusiastic and lively.

Halimah Abdullah, 69, had a memorable experience meeting the Prime Minister.

“Although it was a brief encounter, he was very sincere when I met him,” she said.

Various organisations also sent representatives to the open house.

Around 100 people from Baitiangong Spiritual Association Malaysia came dressed in white outfits to greet the Prime Minister and his Cabinet members.

Although it started raining at 1.30pm, the crowd stayed on and the mood was upbeat throughout the event which ended at 3pm.

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