His Majesty visits Camp Iskandar

MERSING (Bernama) - His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, yesterday visited Camp Iskandar in Johore accompanied by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Defence Minister.

On arrival, His Majesty inspected a guard of honour mounted by personnel from the Gerup Gerak Khas (GGK), the Malaysian army's special operations force, headed by Major Syam Syawal Muhamad.

His Majesty later witnessed several demonstrations including anti-terrorism and hostage rescue demonstrations and visited a display of close-range combat paraphernalia.

His Majesty also visited a static display of equipment used by the GGK such as parachutes, special explosives as well as climbing and diving equipment.

Najib said His Majesty's visit to the camp demonstrated the Sultan's wishes to continue developing bilateral relations between both countries, especially in military field.

Najib told reporters that His Majesty had also shown keen interest in the progress of the GGK, which is based in Iskandar Camp.

His Majesty later left for Bandar Seri Begawan, ending a three-day visit to Malaysia.

His Majesty arrived in Malaysia on May 5.

On Tuesday, His Majesty received Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmed Badawi in audience and discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.

Earlier in the day, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam went for a horse rising exercise with His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia Tuanju Mizan Zainal Abidin inbi Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Maktafi Billah Shah. - Borneo Bulletin (8th May 2008)