KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 – The Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrived in Malaysia today on a short visit during which he will also deliver a lecture at the Khazanah Global Lectures on Tuesday. Upon his arrival from Jakarta, Johnson was received at klia2 by Khazanah Research Institute managing director Datuk Charon Wardini Mokhzani and British high commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.
Also at the airport to welcome the popular London mayor was Khazanah Research and Investment Strategy director Imran Ahmad and Tony Collingridge, the Director of Trade and Investment, at the British High Commission in Malaysia.
The Khazanah Global Lectures (KGL) is a lecture series featuring the world’s leading thought and business leaders who speak on various aspects of development. Johnson will deliver the lecture at the KGL, which will also be attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Among the influential speakers who have delivered lectures at KGL in the past are 2006 Nobel Prize Winner for Peace and the Founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus; 2001 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics and former Chief Economist of The World Bank, Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz; former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; President and CEO of Renault and Nissan, Mr. Carlos Ghosn; and former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
This is the latest stop in Johnson’s Asian tour. He had earlier travelled to Singapore and Indonesia. The popular London Mayor is expected to be elected to the House of Commons at next May’s election in the UK, and is seen by some quarters as a future Conservative leader if current British prime minister David Cameron is forced to step down in the event the party loses. AFP reported last week that when asked by reporters in Singapore if he was running for prime minister, Johnson replied: “I’m going to be mayor of London for at least another 18 months or so.”