Out of power, Najib celebrates Merdeka in mini gathering with supporters

Yiswaree Palansamy
Najib and Rosmah are pictured at a minor celebration of the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence at the Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur August 31, 2018. — Picture by Razak Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak attended a minor celebration of the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence today at the Perdana Botanical Gardens here.

He and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were greeted on arrival with cries of “Merdeka” from the crowd comprising Umno members and onlookers.

“From me and my wife, to the organisers, Datuk Lokman Adam and all here, I want to say a thousand thanks for being able to come together to express our love for  the nation.

“Keep up the good fight, because we love our country Malaysia,” Najib told the applauding crowd.

The couple then took their seats on several beanbags overlooking the crowd.

They tucked into a picnic spread of nasi lemak, local kuih and fruit.

They also graciously accommodated photo opportunities with many, with Rosmah even taking time to comfort several emotional supporters, and cracking jokes to liven up the situation.

“It’s okay. You all have to be strong,” she said, while patting the ladies.

Close to 150 people attended the event.

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