Thursday, November 06, 2008

Obama - The Malaysian Connection - Malaysiakini


In Malaysiakini today's article - Obama: What he means to us this quote may have some effects.
For some, more well-informed Chinese Malaysians, they might have been encouraged by the fact that Obama’s sister-in-law is married to a Chinese Canadian, whose parents were originally from Malaysia.
Well, if USA is similar in Malaysia in terms of Pak Lah's administration, whereby family and cronies come first and second then the party and lastly the nation, we may soon have a Malaysian connection which can be a vital link in the political landscape.
But till then, let the Indonesians feel good about Obama's Indonesian connections.
The people behind Barack Obama's run for the U.S. presidency include political supporters, friends and his Indonesian sister.
Maya Soetoro-Ng, 37, has the same American mother as her candidate brother. She was born in Jakarta, and attended international school here.
She now lives in Hawaii, where she teaches school.
How you wish to be the same alumni of Obama.....and he is invited for school reunion!
Former classmates in Indonesia reacted with pride and amazement as the chubby little boy they knew as Barry made history by becoming the first black president of the United States.
"It's just amazing, I mean we're so proud of him," said Dewi Asmara Oetojo, an Indonesian member of parliament who was a school friend of Obama at primary school here in the 1960s.
"He was a very easygoing person and also very wise. At that time we were so small we never thought he had the qualities of a leader. He said 'I want to be president' and we all thought that was so funny," Oetojo said.
Oetojo said classmates were excited about having the president of the United States show up to their next three-monthly reunion, but understood that Obama might be a little busy.
"A reunion in the White House is not our target. Our task as classmates is to support him, but if we have the chance, why not?" she said.
"He can be a bridge for the West to understand people in the East. I think that will make him different from other American presidents."
The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama was raised in Hawaii and moved to Indonesia when he was six after his divorced mother remarried an Indonesian.
He went to school in Menteng in the late 1960s, and in his memoirs recalled his time here as the "bounty of a young man's life".
Some 250 current students at the Menteng One primary school celebrated Obama's election win with chants of "Obama wins! McCain loses!" and were already looking forward to his first presidential visit.
Deputy principal Akahmad Solikhin won rapturous applause when he announced to the children that Obama would be visiting them soon, as they stopped classes to watch the election coverage on local television.
Solikhin said the Democrat senator was having a major influence on his old school on the other side of the planet.
"We're using Obama as a tool to motivate the students to be successful. There is an emotional connection between the students and Obama," he said, adding that enrolments had increased five to 10 per cent over last year.
Sixth-grader Farhan Ashardi, 11, said he now believed he could be president of Indonesia one day.
"If Obama can do it so can I," he said.

1 comment:

ylcw said...

"For some, more well-informed Chinese Malaysians, they might have been encouraged by the fact that Obama’s sister-in-law is married to a Chinese Canadian, whose parents were originally from Malaysia."

Eh ... strange, this is new. Funny how people will equate racial sentiments into everything!

In my opinion, a leader is chosen becos he is well respected, capable, intelligent, charismatic, fair to all - and Obama is from Harvard ... as blue intelligence as they come! Other than blue, do you notice any other colour here?

ylcw