Royal visit to Info Dept, ACB
Aziz Idris & Khal Bahrulalam

HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Ministerís Office consented to visit two buildings within the government complex in Berakas yesterday to monitor the progress of the projects that falls under the 10th National Development Plan.

His Royal Highness first visit was to the new extension building for the Information Department Head Office at the Old Airport area in Berakas, which houses international affairs unit, a training unit and others.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Ministerís Office followed by a briefing from the Acting Director of Information, Awang Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad.

Shortly after the briefing, His Royal Highness consented to sign the plaque followed by a group photo session inside the new extension building.

Construction of the new five-storey extension building located next to the existing Information Department cost approximately $5.5 million and was completed in November last year.

The building also houses a spacious auditorium that can accommodate up to 200 people, administration and finance office as well as the directorís office. Also present to accompany His Royal Highness was Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned, Deputy Minister at the Prime Ministerís Office.

Upon concluding his visit to the Information Department, His Royal Highness left for the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) project site, adjacent to the previous site. His Royal Highness was then accompanied by Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Deputy Minister at the Prime Ministerís Office.

His Royal Highness was greeted by Dato Paduka Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement) and Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid, Permanent Secretary (Law and Welfare) who is also the ACB Director.

The ACB projectís progress was presented before His Royal Highness in a briefing conducted by Dayang Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Yakub, in her capacity as Acting Director of Development under the Public Works Department.

With $12 million allocated for the project, the five-storey building will feature various Investigation Sections and facilities including a lecture hall that can accommodate up to 100 people. Before proceeding to the next project site, His Royal Highness signed a royal parchment and consented to a group photo session. - Borneo Bulletin (27 May 2014)