Crown Prince meets S'pore PM

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Deputy Inspector-General of Police, met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore on the third day of an official visit by the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah.

The courtesy call on Lee Hsien Loong was held at the Istana, yesterday, RTB reported.

During their meeting, His Royal Highness and the Singapore Prime Minister exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as on regional and international matters of mutual concern. They also discussed on mutual interest and understanding in the issue of strengthening closer ties of both nations in many fields.

Accompanying His Royal Highness was Prince Abdul Qawi.

Their Royal Highnesses were also entertained to a lunchon. The reception was held at the Istana's Shaeres Room in honour of the visit by the Royalty to the Republic.

Later in the day, the Crown Prince consented to receive in audience Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. The audience took place at the Istana.

Accompanying His Royal Highness was Prince Abdul Qawi.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince yesterday morning visited the Criminal Investigation Department and the Marine Control Police Department at Brani Base. His Royal Highness was welcomed by Singapore's Commissioner of Police, Dato Seri Pahlawan Khoo Boon Hui and Assistant Senior Commissioner of Police Lock Wai Han.

His Royal Highness heard a short briefing on the structure of the Criminal Investigation Department as well as collaborations between Interpol Brunei and Interpol Singapore in assisting investigation and knowledge sharing.

From the Criminal Investigation Department, His Royal Highness visited the Police Coast Guard at Brani Base in Tanjung Pagar. Here, His Royal Highness was also briefed on the responsibility and operations of the Police Coast Guard in maintaining order and enhance security within the republic's territorial waters and its sovereignty.

His Royal Highness had a closer look at a number of specially built vehicles that are used for special operation command. Among them are police tactical vehicles, police tactical troop vehicles, water cannon vehicles and the star unit assault and transporter.

His Royal Highness witnessed a demonstration of tactical assault exercise by some of the special task force members of the Police Coast Guard in rescuing a hijacked ship.

During the visit, His Royal Highness also showed his skill in handling a pistol.

Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah toured the Institute of Mental at the Woodbridge Hospital.

To mark the visit, Her Royal Highness planted an Ironwood sapling at the compound of the Woodbridge Hospital.

On Monday night, Their Royal Highnesses attended a banquet hosted by the President of the Republic, S R Nathan and wife at the Istana.

Prior to the dinner, His Royal Highness consented to hold a meeting with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. The meeting, which took place at the Istana, was held in a cordial and goodwill atmosphere. His Royal Highness and Lee exchanged views on bilateral matters and also regional and international issues of mutual interest. Also present at the meeting was Prince Abdul Qawi.

Meanwhile, in efforts to intensify cooperation, the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Police Force of the Republic of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding at the Police Headquarters in New Phoenix Park.

The memorandum was signed by the Commisioner of Police of Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Dato Awang Zainuddin bin Jailani, and his Singapore counterpart, Dato Khoo Boon Hui.

The signing of this memorandum will enable both parties to strengthen their cooperation in the exchange of information especially in the fight against trans-border crimes and also holding joint exercises. - Borneo Bulletin (10th May 2006)