PEKAN (Pahang) • For the first time in a long while, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak marked the first day of Hari Raya last Friday in his home constituency.
It was a change of pace for him, having hosted open houses in the prime minister's official residence in Seri Perdana, Putrajaya, in past years.
"This Hari Raya is a bit different as we are no longer in government. Nevertheless, we have to continue giving our best service to the people who have given us their trust," he said. "Many things have been said during the general election that may have hurt some feelings, but I hope we can mend our ties during this festive season.
"Most importantly, our country is peaceful and our future is still good."
Groups of well-wishers turned up to greet Datuk Seri Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. They were pleased to greet their guests, many of whom took wefies with the couple.
Asked whether he missed celebrating Hari Raya at Seri Perdana, Mr Najib - the MP for his home town of Pekan in Pahang - said it was more a matter of adjusting to new realities.
"I used to have duties as a prime minister and a minister, so I had to be in Kuala Lumpur or Putrajaya, but this time, I return to Pekan as my loyal supporters are here. They have given me their trust to be an MP with a large majority."
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK