Malaysian royals to visit Singapore

Malaysian royals to visit Singapore

Malaysia's King and Queen will make a three-day state visit to Singapore from tomorrow.

This is the first state visit that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah is making across the Causeway since he assumed the throne in December 2011.

The trip reciprocates President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary's state visit to Malaysia last September, and underscores the deep and longstanding ties between both countries, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a media statement.

The visit will see the Agong and his wife Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Sultanah Hajah Haminah Haji Hamidun receiving a ceremonial welcome at the Istana.

They will pay a courtesy call on Dr Tan and Mrs Tan, who will host them to a state banquet.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching will also call on the couple.

The Agong will visit local attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and the Night Safari.

He will also stop by Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a museum at the site of some of the worst fighting between soldiers of the Royal Malay Regiment and Japanese soldiers in the Battle of Pasir Panjang during World War II.

An orchid will be named in honour of the Agong and his wife when they visit the Botanic Gardens.

This article was published on May 18 in The Straits Times.

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