Malaysia's Deputy King meets PM Lee, Vivian for tea during visit to S'pore

PM Lee (second from right) posted on Facebook a photo of himself with (from left) Mr Vivian Balakrishnan, Sultan Nazrin Shah and Tan Sri Mohd Annuar Zaini. PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Malaysia's Deputy King and Sultan of Perak is visiting Singapore from Tuesday (June 21) to Friday at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Sultan Nazrin Shah will have meetings with PM Lee and other ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, PM Lee posted on Facebook a photo of himself with Sultan Nazrin, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and the president of the Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council of Perak, Tan Sri Mohd Annuar Zaini.

He said in the post that he had "a good catch-up with the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Sultan of Perak Nazrin Shah over tea" on Tuesday.

"We last met in 2019, when Tuanku (His Majesty) visited Singapore for the Universiti Malaya-NUS Golf Tournament," PM Lee said.

"Glad we could meet face to face again now that borders have reopened."

PM Lee added that he and Sultan Nazrin discussed regional developments and areas to strengthen cooperation with Perak, and that he was glad they could meet in person now that borders have reopened.

"Look forward to building stronger ties between Singapore and Malaysia, including Perak. I wish Sultan Nazrin a fruitful stay in Singapore!" PM Lee said.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong hosted Sultan Nazrin to lunch, together with professors from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. 

Mr Goh said in a Facebook post that they had an engaging discussion on income inequality, intergenerational mobility, and the future of US-China relations.

Other ministers scheduled to meet the Deputy King include Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong; Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean; Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu; Education Minister Chan Chun Sing; Social and Family Development Minister and Second Minister for Health Masagos Zulkifli; National Development Minister Desmond Lee; and Culture, Community and Youth Minister and Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong.

Sultan Nazrin will also receive a briefing on the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

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