BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Brunei) (Bernama) – Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s two-day official visit to Brunei beginning today is an important platform in enhancing existing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.
The official visit is part of a series of introductory visits since she was sworn in as the Deputy Prime Minister in May 2018.
Malaysian High Commissioner designate to Brunei Ismail bin Haji Salam said the visit was a platform to identify new partnerships, especially in trade and investment.
He said the visit would also focus on social development, women empowerment and effective disaster management.
“This visit will provide a good opportunity for both sides to explore new areas of cooperation and at the same time improve the 35 years of strong bilateral ties,” he told Malaysian journalists yesterday.
Brunei is Malaysia’s seventh biggest trading partner in Southeast Asia, with total trade of USD981.2 million.
Ismail said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, would focus on the best way to care for children with disabilities.
A packed itinerary has been lined up for Dr Wan Azizah including meetings with
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam.
She will also hold a meeting with Brunei Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and later with Malaysian citizens living in Brunei.
Tomorrow, Dr Wan Azizah will attend a roundtable discussion with 40 Brunei industry players and businessmen.
She will then visit the Brunei National Disaster Management Centre before meeting His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Wan Azizah will also visit Pusat Bahagia Brunei, a centre which holds classes for people with special needs, before heading back to Kuala Lumpur in the evening.