By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Deposed Chief Minister Musa Aman returned to Sabah Wednesday afternoon after spending almost three months abroad after the Barisan Nasional lost in the 14th general elections.
Walking with a aid of a cane and sporting a white week-old beard, Musa was accompanied by a man, said to be his lawyer, as well as several people believed to be his friends.
He arrived in a private jet at about 12.30pm.
After waving to the people, Musa was taken in a black Toyota Alphard.
His one-time press secretary, Afeiza Khan in a whatsapp message to the media, said:
“Members of the Press, Tan Sri Musa Aman is heading towards the DUN for his swearing in ceremony now. You (sic) coverage is kindly appreciated. Thank you.”
Umno-friendly Speaker, Syed Abas Ali, who cut short his vacation to Egypt, is back to ensure that his close friend gets sworn in as Sibuga Assemblyman, ahead of the September 11 deadline.
Some 1,000 people gathered at Terminal 2 to greet Musa, who is said to be recovering from an extremely grave but unknown illness.
Dozens of other people were reportedly brought in by the busloads by Musa sympathisers.
Security was tight, with police personnel guiding all vehicles that entered through a back entrance to the terminal. Even reporters were stopped and had to argue their way in.
According to a news portal, there were several units of the police general operations force personnel, some armed with M16 machine guns, stood guard on both sides of the road outside the airport lobby.
It was reported that Sabah Umno liaison chief Datuk Hajiji Noor and the state Umno secretary Datuk Masidi Manjun were at the terminal.
BorneoToday understands that several people have turned up at the Sabah State Assembly Building as this report was being uploaded.
However, Musa is waiting at the lobby area as the Speaker, and the Assembly Secretary Bernard Dalinting is said to be out of the building.
The Speaker had apparently informed people that Musa would only be sworn in on Thursday.
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