Prime Minister's Office of Singapore

10/05/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/04/2017 19:04

Working Visit of PM Lee Hsien Loong to Negara Brunei Darussalam for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah

The Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne will be held on 5 October 2017. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to congratulate His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee. The text of the letter is appended.

PM Lee will visit Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam, from 5 to 7 October 2017 to attend the Golden Jubilee Celebration. PM Lee will have an audience with His Majesty and attend the Royal Banquet on 6 October 2017. While in Brunei, PM Lee will also meet the Singapore community in Bandar Seri Begawan and visit the Singapore Armed Forces' training in Brunei. PM Lee will be accompanied by Mrs Lee and officials from the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

PM Lee's attendance at the Golden Jubilee Celebration underscores the excellent and long-standing special relationship between Singapore and Brunei. PM Lee had previously attended His Majesty's Silver Jubilee celebration in October 1992, as then-Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Trade and Industry.

During PM Lee's absence, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be the Acting Prime Minister for the period of 5 to 7 October 2017.

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5 OCTOBER 2017

Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah

3 October 2017

Your Majesty,

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore, I extend my warmest congratulations on the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Your Majesty's Accession to the Throne on 6 October 2017.

Brunei has seen remarkable growth and development in the last 50 years. Bruneians have experienced peace, prosperity and security under Your Majesty's benevolent reign. Singapore and Brunei have enjoyed a longstanding special friendship, founded on close friendships between our leaders, and sustained by our shared strategic outlook on many regional and international issues.

Our bilateral relationship is multi-faceted, with many collaborations on defence, where Your Majesty has provided steadfast support for our armed forces' training in Temburong; on the economy, where Singaporean companies are supporting Brunei's economic diversification; and in Government, where we have regular public sector exchanges. As small states with like-minded views, we also work closely in ASEAN to advance ASEAN unity and centrality.

Ho Ching and I fondly recall visiting Brunei in 1992 for Your Majesty's Silver Jubilee celebrations. It was a majestic and memorable event. Twenty-five years on, we are deeply honoured to be invited to witness yet another historic milestone in Your Majesty's reign and in Brunei's history. We look forward to personally congratulating Your Majesty in Bandar Seri Begawan, and wish Your Majesty and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha continued success and good health.

Yours sincerely,

His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam
Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance and
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Negara Brunei Darussalam