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Wangsa Maju lass excited about Sunday date with Obama

Wangsa Maju lass excited about Sunday date with Obama

25 April 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Wangsa Maju resident Ng Yeen Seen is excited about being handpicked to be among 100 young Asean people to meet US President Barack Obama here on Sunday.

Ng, 33, who is Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) Senior Vice-President and Senior Director of Asli's Centre for Public Policy Studies, hoped that one of her five questions for the 44th American president would be selected and answered at a town hall session at Universiti Malaya.

Saying that Obama had become an inspiration to the world after he became the first African-American to be elected US president on Nov 4, 2008, she had asked whether women and minorities in this part of the world could aspire to higher office, become leaders or bring changes to political systems.

Ng said she had also asked: "What keeps you awake? What are the issues and challenges that will give you a sleepless night?

"Another question I asked was what role can young people in Asean in South East Asia play to helping to defuse mounting regional tensions."

She also asked for Obama's thoughts on Asia if tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine further flared up. -- BERNAMA

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