Najib braves morning rain to flag off run

Yeah, we did it: Participants posing for a group picture as they celebrate completing the run.

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak braved an early morning rain to flag off participants of the "9 to 5" Young Workers' Run.

The Prime Minister arrived at the Finance Ministry square at Precinct 2 here at 7.20am yesterday and was greeted with a thunderous applause from some 16,800 participants.

The event was jointly organised by Koperasi Profesional Putrajaya Bhd and Persatuan Belia Pekerja Muda.

It was an initiative by young ­professionals and officers in the public service and private sector as part of efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle among workers aged between 18 and 40.

In his speech, Najib said Malaysians need to stay healthy to raise the country's ­productivity.

"Healthy workers are very important and among the best ways to ensure good health is through regular exercise.

"Practise a healthy lifestyle and with it comes a healthy mind. This will produce productive workers," he said.

The run also went into the Malaysia Book of Records as "the most number of unions participating in a run" as the workers were from more than 50 public and private workers' ­organisations.