Penn State Harrisburg

Two students meet Prime Minister of Malaysia

Two of Penn State Harrisburg's Malaysian students meet with the Malaysia Prime Minister

Two of Penn State Harrisburg's Malaysian students meet with the Malaysia Prime Minister

In September, Larry Asu, a graduate student in the training and development program and Brandon Sik, an undergraduate student planning to major in marketing, had the opportunity to go to New York City and meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib to talk about their studies and experiences at Penn State Harrisburg.

The two students were invited to meet with the prime minister after contacting officials at the Malaysian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and after a student trip there last year.  The prime minister was in the U.S., in September, to attend the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and to host a dinner for members of the Malaysian community in the United States.

During the traditional dinner, Asu dressed in Malaysian garb, presented a gift to the prime minister from Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni and the entire Penn State Harrisburg community.

Brandon said hearing the prime minister’s plans for the future of Malaysia gave him a sense of hope and that he is encouraged by the prime minister’s plans for technological innovation in Malaysia.

During the event, which included 200 guests consisting of Malaysian students and businesspeople, Larry and Brandon received the opportunity to talk briefly with the prime minister. 

Other distinguished guests at the dinner included Dato’s Sri Anifah Haji Aman; Malaysia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Datuk Othman Hashim, Malaysia’s Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;  Datuk Hussein Haniff, Permanent Representative of Malaysia  to the United Nations,  and other Malaysian officials.

Expected to graduate in 2014, Larry said that he hopes to become a training consultant and one day be a part of Malaysia’s initiatives to become a high-income nation.  His goal, he said, is to work with rural citizens to help them develop their skills, abilities and knowledge to improve their job and economic circumstances.

Brandon said that he wants to go back to Malaysia to contribute to his country and “build a better Malaysia.”