PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Prime Minister’s favourite number has struck again. Add up the numbers that make up the date of Parliament’s dissolution – April 7 or 7/4 – and you get 11.
The number 11 has special meaning for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as it has cropped up, marking numerous important events in his life.
His father, former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, was born on March 11, 1922.
His mother Tun Rahah Mohd Noah was born on June 11, 1933.
Najib was also Pahang’s 11th mentri besar, serving there from 1982 to 1986.
Umno, which Najib leads, was founded on May 11, 1946.
Additionally, the 14th general election will be his 11th election.
He first contested in a by-election in Pekan following the death of his father who was Pekan MP, and has taken part in every general election since then.
The registration plates for his official cars also used to contain the number 11.
They include “WHT 11” and “W11N”, and some of his past and present personal vehicle plates also have the same number.
As recently as a week ago, Najib announced 11 new initiatives worth 2.9 billion ringgit (S$986 million) for bumiputra small and medium enterprises to help them become more competitive.