But a handful of students defiantly wore wear yellow, the trademark colour of electoral reform group Bersih that has come to be associated with dissent.
The band of 20 first-year students stood on the roadside to catch a glimpse of Najib as his official car passed by them.
However, Najib did not notice their presence amidst the carnival-like atmosphere of the welcome ceremony.
Asked about their choice, the group said they wore yellow “for fun and to welcome Najib”.
They were swamped by red-clad students crowding both sides of the road leading to the main hall of the college.
Banners were held up to welcome the premier, including two reading ‘Ah Jib Gor, you are our inspiration’ and ‘Ah Jib Gor, We love you!!!’.
‘Ah Jib Gor’ in Mandarin means 'brother Najib'. The monicker is used on the prime minister's Facebook page, through which he aims to engage with the Chinese Malaysian community.
In his speech, Najib cheerily remarked that he was excited with the welcome “which makes me feel like a rock star - an old rock star”.
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