I must explain that since I became Minister of Education in 1974 I had always prayed outside the main prayer hall. When I became Prime Minister the ushers led me towards the place just behind the Imam. I declined because I still preferred praying outside. Even today I have been praying outside.
Only for Hari Raya prayers when the Agong would be present I would show respect for him by praying in the same row with him.
I did not see Najib or Abdullah who I heard later was in the main prayer hall reciting his doa.
I was not being a bad Muslim when I prayed outside in my usual place. It would look odd if I were to suddenly decide to pray inside.
For those interested I had shaken the PM's hand at a buka puasa at the Istana Negara.