Thursday, Jul 24, 2014Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
Asia
 

Obama to meet Malaysian civil society groups, including those critical of govt: Activists

Published on Apr 25, 2014 5:34 PM
 
A Pos Malaysia Postal services employee poses with the special commemorative cover to mark US President Barack Obama's visit to Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, on April 25, 2014. Mr Obama will meet representatives of a range of civil-society groups - including some which have harshly criticised Malaysia's government - when he visits the country this weekend, activists said. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama will meet representatives of a range of civil-society groups - including some which have harshly criticised Malaysia's government - when he visits the country this weekend, activists said.

Mr Obama aims to strengthen ties with Muslim-majority Malaysia when he arrives on Saturday for a two-night stay, the first visit by a serving US president since 1966.

But he also will meet briefly on Sunday with nine leading activists and a Christian leader, said Mr Farouk Musa, head of a moderate Muslim group and one of the invitees.

The activists will include representatives of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, known in Malaysia as "Bersih" ("clean"), an election reform movement whose supporters have clashed with authorities in huge recent protests.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos