Obama in KL: Obama's trip to the Parliament

US President Barack Obama, Yang DiPertuan Agung Tuanku Abdul Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, and Datuk Seri Najib Razak, step down the dias during the state welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - United States President Barack Obama rode into Parliament in his official vehicle, the Cadillac One dubbed 'The Beast', much like a scene from a Hollywood film as he arrived for his official state welcome at 5.37pm.

He was greeted by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak upon arrival.


Accompanying the President was a motorcade of more than 20 vehicles, comprising US officials, his bodyguards and American journalists.

The national anthems of United States and Malaysia were then played.

Obama then proceeded to review the guard of honour comprising four officers and 103 men from the 1st battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment led by Major Amriza Mohd Asshari.

Present were Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, cabinet ministers and deputy ministers, senior government officials, ambassadors, embassy officials and senior dignitaries.

Obama was in a cheery mood as he shook hands with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Cabinet Ministers before departing at 5.52pm.

He is expected to attend a state banquet at Istana Negara later tonight.