His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and the Deputy Inspector General of Police yesterday was conferred the Distinguished Service Order - Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang - by Singapore President S R Nathan.
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah was also present to witness the investiture ceremony. Their Royal Highnesses are currently on a five-day official visit to Singapore, RTB reported.
Upon arrival at the Istana, His Royal Highness consented to receive the salute and inspect the guard of honour.
The Crown Prince then paid a courtesy call on the President of Singapore, S R Nathan.
His Royal Highness has been actively and personally involved in the promotion of close bilateral ties between the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Singapore Police Force.
The conferment of the Distinguished Service Order to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince by S R Nathan took place at the State Room of the Istana.
His Royal Highness is conferred for his outstanding contribution in fostering close ties and cooperation between the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Singapore Police Force, and thereby strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
After the ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses were hosted to a reception by S R Nathan and Mrs Nathan at the Istana.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was accompanied by Prince Abdul Qawi.
On Sunday, His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness began their itineraries soon after arrival in Singapore.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince held a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng. Accompanying His Royal Highness at the meeting was Prince Abdul Qawi.
Following the meeting, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri consented to attend a dinner, hosted by Wong Kan Seng and wife. The reception in honour of Their Royal Highnesses' official visit to the Republic took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
His Royal Highness was accompanied by Prince Abdul Qawi.
Among those present were Singapore's Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Home Affairs, Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee and wife, Singapore's High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Joseph Koh and Brunei Darussalam's High Commissioner to Singapore, Pengiran Dato Haji Yussof bin Pengiran Kula, as well as senior officers of both countries.
The Crown Prince will also meet other Singapore leaders such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
Yesterday, the Crown Prince visited the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority as well as various units of the Singapore Police Force. A memorandum of understanding will also be signed between the two police forces to combat transnational crime and developing police cooperation, Channel News Asia reported.
- Borneo Bulletin
(9th May 2006)