Watch: You can make an impact, Obama tells Malaysian youth


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  • Monday, 28 Apr 2014

US President Barack Obama arriving at the YSEALI Town Hall session at Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC) hall in Universiti Malaya on April 27, 2014. – IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

President Barack Obama believes young people have what it takes to make a difference in the world.

MAKING a change in a community or a nation will not happen overnight. It takes a lot of time and hard work, and even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, learned that lesson the hard way.

He was 24, and a newbie from Columbia University in New York City when he put his all into organising his first community meeting at the crime-infested and racially-charged South Side area in Chicago. It was a total bust.

“People said that they were concerned about crime and I wanted to create a safer space in that area. So, I organised a meeting ... but no one came,” shared Obama, 52, at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) townhall address at Dewan Tunku Chancelor in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (April 27).

US President Barack Obama arriving at the YSEALI Town Hall session at Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC) hall in Universiti Malaya on April 27, 2014. – IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

 

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