Young Asean leaders await excitedly for Obama's arrival

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  • Friday, 20 Nov 2015

SUBANG: The heavy rain in the afternoon failed to dampen the spirit of hundreds of youths who gathered at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus here to catch a glimpse of Barack Obama. 

The US President, who had just arrived in Malaysia Friday, is set to spend his first hour in the country with 500 young Asean leaders in a townhall session. 

While the university’s own students had to view the session with Obama from a live feed at a separate lecture hall, the lucky representatives from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) packed the lecture theatre since 2pm. 

They were seen happily chatting away with each other while waiting for Obama’s arrival.

This is the second time Obama is having a townhall session with YSEALI representatives. The first session was held in April last year.

Obama is expected to deliver a speech before answering questions posed to him by the representatives. 

YSEALI is a brainchild of Obama, targeted to build relationships across Asean countries through the empowerment of young people. 

Fifty youths across 10 Asean countries were selected to the townhall session this year.


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