Obama in KL: Parliament abuzz ahead of Obama's visit

KUALA LUMPUR - Parliament square, which is usually deserted on the weekends, is slowly becoming a hive of activity as police and security personnel make last minute preparations to ensure top notch safety for the visit of United States President Barack Obama.

Obama is scheduled to arrive here at approximately 5.30pm for the customary inspection of the guard of honour with Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

This will be his first destination upon landing at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang.

As reporters began to arrive here at 1.30pm, they were greeted by the sight of K9 police units inspecting the vicinity of the square for security threats.

Government and security officials, including those from the US embassy and secret service, were already on standby to oversee last minute preparations for Obama's official state welcome.

It is likely that rain will greet the President's arrival here, as it began to rain at the square at 3pm after several hours of cloudy and gloomy weather.

However, that is not expected to dampen the excitement and anticipation surrounding Obama's arrival, which is the first for a sitting US president in nearly 50 years.