The Crown Prince visits Mediacorp and Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab' Rahman Friday continued their official visit to the Republic of Singapore with separate programs.

In the morning, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince began his itinerary by touring the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, IDSS, the Nanyang Technological University, NTU. On arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by the Deputy Director of IDSS, Professor Amitav Acaharya. Also present was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Qawi. The royal visitor was briefed on issues pertaining to the international terrorism and its implications to regional security. Established in 1996, IDSS is set up as an autonomous research institute within the Nanyang Technological University. Its existence is to develop a community of scholars and policy analysts at the forefront of Asia Pacific security studies and international affairs.

From the University, His Royal Highness proceeded to the MediaCorp Caldecott Broadcast Centre. On arrival, His Royal Highness was welcomed by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ernest Wong, who also gave a brief account on the current developments and achievements of the broadcasting centre. MediaCorp features prominently in the development of Singapore's broadcasting history. Today, it is Singapore's largest broadcaster with a complete range of media business spanning television, radio, entertainment and movie productions, newspapers, magazines, electronic media and other broadcasting services.

Meanwhile, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Broadcasting 14 years ago. Projects under the MOU are joint drama productions, and a series of debate and tv programme exchanges. Before wrapping up his visit, His Royal Highness consented to have a luncheon and also receive a pesambah. (12th Mar 2005)