TAIPING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak joined the people of Taiping in a walkabout and morning exercise here.
Taiping, formerly known as Klian Pauh, began as a small mining town and grew to become the first state capital of Perak. Much of its historical facade remain evident today, earning it the status of a heritage town.
Najib, who arrived here on Friday night, joined about 4,000 people at the Esplanade in Taman Tasik Taiping for the morning exercise, dubbed the 1Malaysia Exercise, yesterday
His wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Tan Lian Hoe and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and wife Datin Seri Sharipah Zulkifli also took part in the 30-minute exercise.
Najib then boarded a bus and headed for the Casual Market here. The popular market was already a hive of activity when he arrived, with people thronging the food stalls for breakfast.
Smiling, Najib alighted from the bus and the people began crowding around to welcome him.
He joined them for a nasi lemak, popiah and teh tarik breakfast.
The Prime Minister spent nearly an hour at the market, mingling with and talking to stall owners.
Police maintained order as a group of about 15 people attempted to hand over to Najib what they said was a copy of a police report against an enforcement officer of the Taiping Municipal Council, whom they claimed had mistreated one of them.
Later in the evening, Najib and his wife attended the premier screening of Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes and joined cast members to usher in Chinese New Year festivities at the Golden Screen Cinemas, Pavilion shopping complex, in Kuala Lumpur.
Source : The Star