DPM Teo leads young team on Brunei visit

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean is leading a group of young Singapore political office-holders to Brunei for a four-day visit.

Those accompanying DPM Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, are Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources; Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State (Finance and Law); Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State (Culture, Community and Youth, and Finance); and Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State (Communications and Information, and Health).

During the visit, the Singapore delegation will have an audience with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and also meet several members of Brunei's royal family.

Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah will host a lunch for the delegation today, while Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, who is Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will host a dinner tomorrow.

DPM Teo will launch a photo exhibition with Princess Hajah Masna tomorrow.

The exhibition, titled Brunei-Singapore: A Special Relationship, showcases key moments in bilateral relations.

DPM Teo will also deliver a special lecture - Singapore-Brunei: Ties that Bind - tomorrow at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The visit is part of the Third Young Leaders' Programme (YLP), which was established in 2013 to strengthen relations between the two countries, in particular between the younger generation of leaders.

DPM Teo led the Singapore delegation to Brunei for the inaugural YLP in August 2013, while Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah led the Brunei delegation to Singapore for the second YLP in September last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2015, with the headline 'DPM Teo leads young team on Brunei visit'. Subscribe