U.S. President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One at Osan Air Base, as he leaves South Korea for Malaysia, in Pyeongtaek April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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US President Barack Obama arrives Saturday in Malaysia hoping to energise aloof ties with a Muslim-majority nation whose government is under the microscope for wide allegations of abuse of power and the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 .Obama will tread a fine line between courting Najib and acknowledging the huge numbers in multi-cultural Malaysia who are fed up with the corruption-plagued coalition in power for 57 years.Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called the government a "corrupt and authoritarian regime" in a statement Saturday that urged Obama to stand up for "freedom and democracy". Obama will not see Anwar -- National Security Advisor Susan Rice will -- but he meets late Sunday with representatives of several groups critical of the government.Obama meets Malaysia's king Saturday and attends a state dinner.
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