Brunei-Singapore photo exhibition launched

Brunei-Singapore photo exhibition launched
PHOTO: Brunei Times/ANN

Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, launched a photo exhibition on the sultanate's 50-year "special relationship" with Singapore along with the city-state's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah said over 100 photographs were selected from both countries' national archives to be displayed for the exhibition.

Speaking during the launch at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery, YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair hoped the public who visit the exhibition will reflect the long ties that had grown even before Brunei became independent.

He hoped visitors will continue the legacy built by former leaders of both countries, preserve and strengthen them for generations to come.

Delivering a lecture to Universiti Brunei Darussalam students, Teo said the exhibition traces Brunei and Singapore's bilateral ties over the decades through photographs and newspaper archives.

Teo is in Brunei for a four-day visit, as part of the Third Young Leaders' Programme.

The exhibition was divided into sections, including the foundation of bilateral relations and future hopes on how the ties could be developed.

Past newspaper cuttings were also featured, where leaders of both countries exchanged visits.

These also include visits made to and fro by the late Sultan Hj Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Saa'dul Khairi Waddien and the late Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

There were also exhibits of both countries' currency notes to mark the 40th anniversary of the currencies interchangeability agreement (CIA), which was inked in 1967.

During the launch, the princess and visiting Singapore Deputy Prime Teo cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the gallery.

Both of them were then ushered to view the various photos and commemorative displays at the gallery.

A press statement from the Museums Department said the photo exhibition is open to the public until October 20, 9am to 5pm from Saturdays to Thursdays and 9am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5pm on Fridays.

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