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 concluded his four-day official visit to the Republic of Singapore.
The Crown Prince was accompanied by Prince Abdul Qawi during the visit.
In the morning, His Royal Highness visited the Paya Lebar Air Base. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Major General Ng Chee Khern, Chief of Air Force, and several senior defence officials from the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The Crown Prince inspected a Quarter Guard mounted by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
According to a press release from the Prime Minister's Office, at the Air Base, His Royal Highness viewed a static display of six assist and attack aircrafts made up of fighter jets, combat helicopter, and Unmaned Aerial Vehicle; and was briefed on the background and latest developments of the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Later, the Crown Prince proceeded to the Flight Simulation Centre and was briefed on the function and mission of the centre.
Following this, HRH observed several training simulation consoles and an Advanced Flying Training Simulator for the F16 fighter jet, which His Royal Highness was invited to operate.
Before leaving the Air Base, the Crown Prince was presented with an F16 D+ model from the Republic of Singapore Air Force in honour of His Royal Highness' visit.
HRH left the Republic of Singapore in the afternoon. Prior to leaving the hotel, a doa selamat was read by Pehin Begawan Khatib Hj Awang Hamidon bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Hj Abdul Hamid.
Present at the Changi International Airport to bid farewell to His Royal Highness were Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, Mr Joseph Koh, High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam, and senior officials at the Ministry of Defence of Singapore.
Also present at the airport were Haji Abdul Ghafar Haji Ismail, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Singapore and officials of the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Singapore.
- Borneo Bulletin
(23rd Jan 2009)