Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean started his second day of his three-day visit to Brunei Darussalam with a morning walk around the Tasek Lama Recreational Park yesterday.
Upon his arrival, Teo was greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.
Also present to welcome the Singapore dignitaries were the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong, Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Minister of Energy at PMO, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar and Acting Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof along with senior government officials.
Before the walk, HRH the Crown Prince, HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik, Teo and cabinet members from Brunei and Singapore, participated in a warm-up exercise. Cordial conversation between His Royal Highnesses and Teo continued throughout their walk, as well as between government officials from both countries. The event also represented an opportunity for more friendly exchanges between younger leaders of both countries.
To commemorate the occasion, HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah and Teo planted two plant saplings at the park, symbolising growing and strengthening relations between Brunei and Singapore.
The occasion continued with trekking on the hills leading up to the Tasek Reservoir. Upon reaching the summit, His Royal Highnesses and Teo climbed the observation tower that overlooks Bandar Seri Begawan. His Royal Highnesses, Teo and the rest of those in attendance then enjoyed an al fresco-style breakfast overlooking a scenic view of the waterfall.
Teo was accompanied by Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat; Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Lawrence Wong; Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development Lee Yi Shyan; Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamad; Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education Indranee Rajah; Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport Josephine Teo; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim; and High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Jaya Ratnam.