'May our ties grow like this sapling'

SINGAPORE - Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong were pictured watering a sapling that they just planted at the Gardens by the Bay yesterday, the third and final day of the Sultan's state visit.

It was the first time the Prime Minister and a foreign leader planted a sapling at the venue. The Kapur Paji sapling was one of six tropical tree species given by Brunei.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong later called on the Sultan, who also toured Singapore's first LNG Terminal on Jurong Island.

In a Facebook post, Mr Lee said the visit reaffirmed bilateral ties.

He said: "May our ties continue to grow and strengthen in future generations, like the Kapur Paji tree that the Sultan and I planted this morning!"

This article was published on April 24 in The Straits Times.

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