- Obama is first US President to visit Malaysia since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966
- Obama is making his second visit to Malaysia in two years.
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Malaysia, on the final leg of his sweep of summitry aimed at furthering Washington’s bid to re-balance ties towards Asia and challenge China’s increasingly assertive posture in the region. The president’s official jet, Air Force One, touched down at the RMAF base in Subang at 3.30pm after a three-hour flight from Manila, Phillipines, where he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) gathering.
United States president Barack Obama arrived here today on a three-day working visit to attend the 27th Asean Summit and related summits. Obama landed via Air Force One at the Subang Royal Malaysian Air Force Base at 3.20pm.
He was welcomed by Malaysian ambassador to the US Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, US ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun, Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, and US ambassador to Asean Nina Hachigian. It is Obama’s second visit to Malaysia in as many years, and his third and final stop this month after attending the G20 Summit in Turkey and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in the Philippines.
A leaked Malaysian police report warns there are 10 suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur, where the country will host the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit this weekend.Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the memo was authentic but warned the intelligence was not verified.
“The Royal Malaysian Police have intensified the existing comprehensive security arrangement for the Asean and related summits in Kuala Lumpur,” he said. “Security checks at all entry and exit pointed to Malaysia have been stepped up.”
The police memo said the meeting, held in southern Philippines, was attended by “14 leaders from the three outfits and 50 members of Abu Sayyaf armed with M16 rifles, pistols and bombs.”
It said that Islamic State and Abu Sayyaf have eight suicide bomber in Sabah, Malaysia’s western state, and 10 in Kuala Lumpur.
“These suicide bombers underwent military training in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as prepared to receive orders from their leaders to launch attacks/bombings,” Malaysiakini quoted the circular as saying.
Upon his arrival, he will attend a town-hall session at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit, which will gather 500 emerging leaders from 10 Asean countries. He is also slated to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak later today.
Tomorrow, he will deliver a keynote address at the Asean Business and Investment Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Shangri-la Hotel.
The first item on his agenda here in Malaysia is a town hall meeting with Asean Youth at the Taylor’s University lakeside campus here.
Five hundred participants under YSEALI from ten Asean countries have convened in Kuala Lumpur for a three-day summit, with the highlight being an audience with Obama this afternoon. The summit, which ends Sunday, is to discuss challenges faced in Southeast Asia and how young people can work across national borders to develop solutions. – The Malaysian Insider
In talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday, Obama will “very directly” raise concerns about the status of the political opposition and respect for human rights, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said.
Visiting US President Barack Obama has pledged to raise the issue of transparency in governance during his scheduled meetings with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“I will do it. I have to admit I was going to do it anyway but now that I am hearing it from you, I will definitely do it,” said Obama at the Young South-East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall gathering.
“The US always has to be a little careful because we are a big country with a lot of influence and some people say they don’t want us meddling in their internal affairs,” he said in response to a question by a YSEALI fellow from Malaysia.
Obama was urged to ask Najib to introduce more transparency in the country’s institutions, particularly with regard to the MACC, Bank Negara and the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which are involved in ongoing investigations linked to state-investment arm 1MDB which are in turn linked to Najib himself. – Malaysiakini
Obama last visited Malaysia in April last year, making him the first US president to do so since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.
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Posted by Siakap Keli on Friday, November 20, 2015
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