Only a small crowd of 50 greeted Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin outside the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as he arrived from Australia last night. No cabinet Ministers or top UMNO leaders were present to greet the Deputy Prime Minister.
His return from holiday today sent many in the social media a buzz, expecting him to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's "ultimatum", where he told ministers at last Friday's cabinet meeting to quit if they disagreed with the rehabilitation plans for debt laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Muhyiddin was not at the meeting as he has been overseas on holiday since May 26.
More than 20 pressmen and 50 curious on lookers waited for his arrival since 6pm this evening. Muhyiddin only left the airport about 9.30pm, waving and smiling to the crowd.
As he approached an awaiting vehicle, supporters, numbering about 50, started shouting "Hidup Tan Sri!" (Long Live Tan Sri) and "Selamatkan Malaysia!" (Save Malaysia) loudly.
Among those spotted among the crowd was Datuk Hamidah Othman, a former Perak state exco and staunch Tun Mahathir supporter.
Selangor Perkasa chairman Abu Bakar Yahya said that he was there as a Malaysian citizen hoping to be able to shake hands with Muhyiddin.
"I came because I feel like greeting him home and I am happy that I was able to finally shake his hand. This is really a historic moment for me.
"(And) I managed to say 'welcome home' to him," he said.