Dr Mahathir returns home after pilgrimage

Dr Mahathir returns home after pilgrimage

SUBANG, Malaysia - Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received a warm welcome from his supporters upon his arrival after his pilgrimage.

Dr Mahathir, who had left for Mecca on May 10 to perform the umrah, arrived at the Subang Skypark Terminal at about 4pm yesterday.

About 50 supporters cheered him and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah as they walked out of a private jet onto the tarmac.

At the gates, Dr Mahathir stepped out of the car to personally greet the supporters, bringing traffic to a halt.

Commenting on his umrah, Dr Mahathir said he had a blessed trip to the holy land.

However, he declined comment on other issues, merely saying "Itu nantilah" (At a later date).

Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali, who led the gathering of supporters, said it was organised purely to welcome Dr Mahathir home and there was no political agenda behind it.

"We are like other Malaysians, we want transparency in the management of the government, including 1MDB," he told reporters.

A few days before Dr Mahathir was due to arrive, text messages were being circulated, urging members of the public to show their support for the former leader by welcoming him at the terminal.

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