PUTRAJAYA, March 24 – Even as the election fever is hotting up, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak this morning turned his attention away from politics to focus on driving home to the people the message of a healthy lifestyle.
He joined about 15,000 people who had gathered at Dataran Putrajaya as early as 7 am for the “Jom Ceria Bersama Perdana Menteri” (Let’s Be Cheerful with the Prime Minister) event.
Addressing the early birds, Najib said rapid development had changed the lifestyle of Malaysians to such an extent that the country had to put up with more cases of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and such.
“This is no laughing matter. It is the reality. My doctor tells me that many people in the country suffer from hypertension. I have the statistics. They are frightening. We have to make a change because our lifestyle has changed a lot,” he said.
The event, organised by the 1Malaysia People’s Foundation and Putrajaya Corporation, is an extension of the “Langkah Ceria” (walk) and “Kayuhan Ceria” (cycling) events staged by the Putrajaya Corporation every third Sunday of the month.