The native North American Indians have been enslaved in their own land because they initially trusted the "white men", more so the "religious white men".
When the Puritans left England on board the ship Mayflower to escape religious persecution, and they eventually landed on the shore somewhere near what is now part of New England, probably what is now Massachusetts.
They landed on the shore suffering from scurvys and other maladies and everyonr was infested with lice. Guess what? The native Indians helped bring them to health. Later the Puritans massacred them and burnt their villages killing women and children. Read here...
What happens next is history as we know it now.
The first English missionaries came to Malaya and the native Malays were so impressed. Later on they found out they were colonised and treated like animals and their natural resources plundered.
I don't know what it is with the colonised natives; they were so easily taken in by white men who can dabbled in the native tongue.
The westerners who colonised know how to manipulate the natives they are about to colonise.
We must not forget one thing though, President Barack Obama may have brought up partly in Indonesia and that his late mother might have loved Batik, but he is still an American President.
He may have uttered a few words in Bahasa Melayu, but the fact of the matter is, he is still a powerful American whose raison d'etre is to look after the interests of Americans and to buy or steal fossil fuel so that come winter everyone can be warm..
My only advise is not to be seduced by foreign leaders whose main concern and well being is not us but their own.
For example, if we agree to pen the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) I am afraid we may be signing a carte blanche for America to take advantage of our natural resources cheaply and legally.
Thus far Japan, New Zealand and Australia have mulled over the issue and they are not signing.
Again Obama may be able to speak Bahasa Malaysia but his interest is only to serve America and the Americans.