Crown Prince continues third day of S'pore visit
By Sonia K.

His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday continued the third day of His Royal Highness' visit to Singapore.

His Royal Highness Prince General is accompanied by Prince Abdul Qawi.

Yesterday's visit started at the Armour Training Institute and upon arrival the Crown Prince was greeted by Major General Neo Kian Hong, the Chief of Army, and Brigadier General Philip Lim, Chief Armour Officer of Singapore Armed Forces.

His Royal Highness inspected the Quarter Guard mounted by the Singapore Armed Forces Armour.

His Royal Highness' visit began with a briefing on the Singapore Armed Forces Armour, followed by an overview of the Singapore Armed Forces 3G Armour development and the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank.

He had the opportunity to familiarise and personally experience the use of simulators as a means of training the Armour Unit personnel.

Firstly, the Crown Prince was given a demonstration on the use of the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank's Canon Simulator and was then invited to operate the Leopard 2 Driving Simulator before driving the actual Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank.

Before ending the visit, HRH was presented with a plaque from the Armour Unit of the Singapore Armed Forces and a Leopard 2 driving licence.

His Royal Highness also met with officials from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces who are currently training at Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute - Military Institute.

After the visit to the Institute, His Royal Highness called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana.

In the afternoon, HRH visited the Peranakan Museum. Upon arrival, he was greeted by Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of the National Heritage Board.

There, HRH was briefed on the history of Peranakans.

In the evening, the Crown Prince attended a dinner hosted by Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence of Singapore.

The dinner took place at a leading hotel in the city. - Borneo Bulletin (22nd Jan 2009)