Malaysia will not succeed if non-Muslims marginalised, says Obama
Malaysia cannot flourish if the country’s religious and ethnic minorities are sidelined, President of the United States Barack Obama said today.
In his first official visit to the country, Obama said that prejudices against people from different religions and races have no place in the modern world and must be removed.
“Malaysia won't succeed if the non-Muslims do not have the same opportunity,” Obama said in a townhall event at University of Malaya.
Obama said non-Muslims in Malaysia are currently facing hostility, and some have felt oppressed.
He compared the struggle for civil rights across the world to the long fight to eliminate discrimination against ethnic minorities in the US, which culminated in him being elected president.
The Security Force enhanced in Malaysia during Obama visit
US President Barack Obama on his way back to hotel from Istana Negara.
During The Arrival of Air Force One
US President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak witness
the signing of a major business agreement between Verdezyne and Sime Darby in Kuala
Lumpur today. Signing at left is president of Sime Darby Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh and at
right is CEO of Verdezyne Bill Radany. – Reuters pic, April 28, 2014.