PUTRAJAYA, April 3 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak joined about 10,000 participants of the 1Malaysia Patriotic Cycling Programme around this federal administrative centre, his first programme with the masses since announcing the dissolution of Parliament today.
This also took place on the fourth anniversary of his tenure as the sixth prime minister of Malaysia.
Najib who led the convoy with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Cabinet ministers, cycled for 12 kilometres in the event which started at 5.20pm.
Among those who participated were Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and his deputy Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and his deputy Datuk Razali Ibrahim, and Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa.
Mooted by Najib himself, the cycling event began from in front of the Finance Ministry and ended at the Palace of Justice. The prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was present at the flagging-off.
The event was divided into two routes – the 12km Kayuhan Ceria and 20km Kayuhan Cergas.
The participants included staff of the various ministries, police personnel, community leaders, and members of the three branches of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Civil Defence Department, non-governmental organisations and the public.
The Kayuhan Patriotik 1Malaysia was organised to bring the leaders and people closer together, besides encouraging physical activities as part of a healthy lifestyle and promoting Putrajaya for such activities.
A collection box for the Lahad Datu Warriors Fund was also made available at the event for those who wished to donate to the fund. – Bernama