Obama arrives in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR- President Barack Obama arrived at the RMAF base in Subang on Saturday for the much-awaited three-day visit.

The Air Force One jet carrying the American leader touched down at the base at 4.50pm after a six-hour flight from South Korea.


Obama was greeted by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and a guard-of-honour mounted by officers of the Sixth Battalion of the Royal Rangers Regiment.

Obama's visit to Malaysia is the first by a sitting US President since President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.

Obama's programme on the first day include a state welcoming ceremony at Parliament Square.

He will later pay a courtesy call to the King and attend a state banquet at Istana Negara.

Malaysia is the third leg of Obama's four-nation tour of Asia. Prior to South Korea, he had visited Japan.

He will end the trip with a visit to the Philippines on Monday.