Crown Prince feted at dinner, visits Military College & Sports School

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah, consented to attend the official dinner hosted by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia at the JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur in the evening of the second day of HRH's official visit.

Upon arrival at the hotel, His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness were greeted by Datuk Seri Abdullah and Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, spouse of the Prime Minister.

Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses at the official dinner was Prince Abdul Qawi.

Among the dignitaries attending the dinner were Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Datin Sri Rosmah bte Mansor; Dato' Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and Datin Seri Utama Masnah; and Datuk Wira Abu Seman bin Hj Yusop, Deputy Minister of Defence.

Also attending the dinner was Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin, the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia. The official dinner hosted by the Malaysian Prime Minister was in honour of Their Royal Highnesses who are currently on a four-day official visit to Malaysia.

Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon, His Royal Highness Prince General Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, visited the Royal Military College at Sg Besi.

The arrival of His Royal Highness at the Royal Military College was greeted by Lt General Datuk Hj Sharon bin Hj Ibrahim, Chief of Staff, Malaysian Armed Forces and Capt Alias bin Baharuddin, Commandant of the Royal Military College.

The itinerary of HRH's visit to the college began with the showing of the college's corporate video followed by a briefing on the mission, structure, and facilities provided at the college presented by Capt Alias.

HRH later proceeded to tour several of the facilities available at the college, which include the college library and the computer-aided design laboratory. HRH also observed a physical exercise presentation conducted by trainees of the college, which took place at the marching square of the college.

At the end of the visit, HRH exchanged souvenirs with the Commandant of the college. Accompanying HRH throughout the visit was Prince Abdul Qawi.

The Royal Military College set up in 1952 was formerly known as Federal Military College. In 1966, the then Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia conferred the title 'Royal' to the college and has since become known as the Royal Military College.

The college covers an area of 1,200 acres at Sg Besi town and is situated 16 km from Kuala Lumpur.

Yesterday morning, Their Royal Highnesses continued the third day of the official visit to Bukit Jalil Sports School at Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur.

The arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at the school were greeted by Dato' Sri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein, the Malaysian Education Minister, and spouse Datin Seri Tengku Marsilla binti Tengku Abdullah.

The itinerary of the visit began with various sports activities and martial art training demonstrations at the Olympic Hall and followed by an exhibition of the school's sporting achievements.

Their Royal Highnesses then proceeded to the Commonwealth Hall for a corporate video presentation and followed by a briefing on the Sports School presented by Puan Marina Chin, the school's principal.

Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses throughout the visit was Prince Abdul Qawi.

The Bukit Jalil Sports School was established on January 1, 1996 and covers an area of 5.7 hectares. The Sports School is currently enrolling 600 students and offers both secondary and pre-university education levels. - Borneo Bulletin (3rd August 2008)