60,000 for Hari Raya open mansion. The name Zakaria Md Derus is starting to become synonymous with mansions. These Star and Sin Chew's pictures show his new new "istana" in Klang which boasts of 16 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms (with jacuzzi).
The Star's news article here did not say what happened to his old illegally-extended mansion. But it did mention the man's mansion-sized generosity. Last Tuesday, it seems, he feted 500 orphans for a buka puasa at the mansion; about 100 of these orphans spent the night at the istana. Zakaria said he wanted to honour the children and allow allow them a taste of luxury."When and where else will they get such a chance?" he said [here].[I can imagine the conversation between the reporter and Zakaria after the interview:
Reporter: You are so very the generous, Datuk. On behalf of the orphans and all Malaysians, I would like to thank you.
Zakaria: Oh, please, please ... don't mansion it.]
Zakaria will hold a Hari Raya Open House at the mansion on Nov 10. He expects 60,000 people to turn up. In comparison, the Umno President's Open House tomorrow is expected to draw 200,000 people.
In the meantime, former PM Dr Mahathir, in his Hari Raya message, apologised for not being able to hold a Open House this year. He will spend his Eid at the IJN.
But check out his pictures in baju raya at Rantings by MM!