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Sunday September 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by mergawati zulfakar
Off to a packed progr amme: Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor boarding their special flight to the US at the KLIA in Sepang. — Bernama
SAN FRANCISCO: The more than 1.7 million Twitter followers of the Prime Minister will get tweets from him from the headquarters of the online social networking and micro-blogging service here on Tuesday (Monday morning, California time).
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is making his first visit to the Silicon Valley here, home to many of the world’s major technology corporations as well as thousands of small startups.
Officials said the company officials had expressed surprise that Najib is active in twittering, being one of only a few leaders active in it.
“Foreign CEOs are impressed with his knowledge of technology and future trends and noted that the Prime Minister is a sharp man.
“This visit is to give him ‘the Silicon Valley experience’ rather than just conducting meetings.
“It is also an effort to give a further boost to Malaysia’s digital transformation programme,” said an official.
Najib has a hectic schedule here before he leaves for New York on Sept 25 for a five-day visit.
On Tuesday (Wednesday in Malaysia), Najib will visit the Google headquarters where he will get a first hand look at the workings of the eminent search engine and hold discussions on Google’s future trends.
He will be taken around in the company’s driverless car, one of the few leaders to get the experience at Google’s office.
Eight Malaysians working with Google will also get a chance to meet the Prime Minister.
Najib will also chair the third Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) meeting and officiate at the the High-Level Forum on Green Future and Green Energy, which will gather international and national experts on science and innovation.
Najib will deliver a public lecture at a dinner hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, the oldest and largest public affairs forum in the United States that has played host to many prominent leaders.
Najib is also scheduled to open a Khazanah Nasional regional office, after the ones in Beijing and Mumbai, to oversee its investments in the United States.
In New York, the Prime Minister will address the United Nations General Assembly and also seek support for Malaysia’s candidature as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2015-2016 term.
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