When Najib's away, his cats will play

A photo from Mr Najib's Facebook page of his four cats in what appears to be his living room. He is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
A photo from Mr Najib's Facebook page of his four cats in what appears to be his living room. He is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is heading to China for a week, has said his cats will be happily looking after the house while he is away.

Datuk Seri Najib will be in Beijing from today to next Sunday on a visit where he is expected to strengthen bilateral ties and secure investments from China. He will be accompanied by dozens of government leaders and business people.

Ahead of the trip, Mr Najib yesterday shared a light-hearted post on Facebook, where he said he had left his house in the charge of his four furry felines.

A photo accompanying the post showed the cats roaming around what appears to be his living room.

"I am going to China for an official visit for a few days, so my cats will become masters of the house, having fun," Mr Najib wrote.

The Prime Minister has previously shared his pets' antics on social media. In a post on photo-sharing app Instagram three weeks ago, he shared a close-up of his orange cat Simba.

"When we take photos of Simba, it knows how to pose in style. It looks fierce, but is actually cute and pampered," he wrote in the post.

Mr Najib is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. During the visit, he will meet Mr Li and President Xi Jinping, the Sinchew Daily newspaper reported on Friday.

Relations between the two countries have turned warmer in recent months. Mr Najib, in a statement on Wednesday, said Malaysia was committed to pushing ties with China to "new highs".

"We will be signing many new agreements and understandings that will elevate the relationship between our two nations to even greater heights," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2016, with the headline 'When Najib's away, his cats will play'. Print Edition | Subscribe