Arnold Schwarzenegger's KL trip is short, but he says 'I'll be back'

Powerhouse motivators: Pemandu CEO and BFR Institute managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala, former Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga, former New Zealand premier Helen Clark, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, former Singapore premier Goh Chok Tong, Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis and International Association of Athletics Federations president Lord Sebastian Coe at the dinner that followed the inaugural Global Transformation Forum in Kuala Lumpur.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a 48-hour whirlwind tour of Kuala Lumpur and he hasn't had much time to see the city which he has heard so much about.

But using his famous catchphrase, Mr Terminator, who is here to speak at the inaugural Global Transformation Forum, said: "I'll be back, Kuala Lumpur!"

Schwarzenegger first used the line from the 1984 science fiction film, "The Terminator", and he has since used the same line, or some variant of it, in his subsequent movies.

The Global Transformation Forum is the first of its kind, which will see over 16 global key policy makers, corporate figures and experts on one stage.

The celebrity speaker is scheduled to speak today on "Discipline of Action" where he is likely to talk about the several stages of transformation in his life - from a body builder, an actor, a businessman and getting elected as a governor of California.

Speaking to The Star, Schwarzenegger said that he was keen to explore the greener side of Malaysia.

"I want to see the beaches, the greens and the hills I have seen in pictures.

"I am spending less than 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur but I will be back," he said.

Schwarzenegger, who reprised his most famous movie role in the film "Terminator Genisys", said that the changes in his career had been nothing short than dramatic and he would be sharing those stories today.

"My transformation in my career has been dramatic.

"It is fun going back to acting after politics," he said.

Besides talking about leadership skills, he is expected to share his various transformative initiatives, particularly on renewable energy and transportation, during his tenure.

Last night, Schwarzenegger attended a dinner at the Nobu Restaurant at the Petronas Twin Towers, where he also met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Aside from the former Governor of California - who is a key attraction - the other speakers are the former prime ministers of Singapore, Goh Chok Tong, New Zealand Helen Clark and Australia Kevin Rudd.

Others include prominent football referee Pierluigi Collina, Olympic champion Carl Lewis and former chairman of the 2012 London Olympic Games Lord Sebastian Cole.

Corporate personalities include co-founder of Starbucks Zev Siegl and Air Asia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.