Wednesday, May 9, 2012

HM's visit to boost Brunei, Sabah environment ties



THE visit of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to Sandakan has opened new avenues cooperation between Brunei and Sabah in the field of environmental conservation.

Expressing keen interest in a joint educational and work attachment exchange programme with Brunei Darussalam in the field of environmental conservation, Director of Forestry of Sabah Datuk Sam Mannan told The Brunei Times that His Majesty's visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sepilok as part of his one-day visit to Sandakan, is a matter of great motivation and encouragement for the centre, and is evidence that the work done at the RDC is being appreciated by the world.

He hoped to have more collaborative exchange programmes with Brunei in the area of forest and environmental conservation.

"We hope to have more exchange programmes with Brunei Darussalam and learn from them. I'm sure there's a lot that we can learn from them." Datuk Sam Mannan said it was a matter of great joy that Brunei and Sabah share great partnership, particularly in terms of the Heart of Borneo.

"We are very pleased by the attention given (by His Majesty), it will motivate us to work even harder."

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Yahya Hussin also raised the possibility of MoU signings in the future in the areas of environment and forestry related to the Heart of Borneo project.

"We live on the island of Borneo, and there are many things we can do with our respective states," Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Yahya said. "If only we can cooperate, put our strengths together rather than do it separately, to develop tourism and the HoB projects within Borneo."

Upon arrival at the RDC, His Majesty was greeted by Datuk Sam Mannan, the Director of Forestry, Sabah, and Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Yahya Hussin. Datuk Sam Mannan presented a briefing on Sabah's initiatives and developments on environmental conservation at the Kabili Theatre at the RDC. His Majesty was then taken on a tour around House of Deramakot & Heart of Borneo Exhibition at the theatre, and thereafter visited the canopy walkway for a grand view of the centre. His Majesty visited an Orchid Exhibition at the Plant Discovery Garden at the RDC, where the monarch also met six Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students on internship at the centre.

Accompanying His Majesty on the visit to RDC were Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Minister of Finance II at the Prime Ministers Office; Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II; and other senior officials at His Majesty's Government.

Earlier, His Majesty arrived in Sandakan yesterday morning at the Sandakan Airport.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was received by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj Aman, and was escorted by Head of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFAT) Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Nor Hj Jeludin.


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

The good relationship between the Sultan of Brunei with Sabah will be beneficial to both our countries.

Anonymous said...

More collaborative exchange programmes with Brunei in the area of forest and environmental conservation will be good to help improving the environment.

Josh said...

Hubungan dua negara harus dipelihara.

Khairul said...

harap-harap banyak projek pembangunan positif dijalankan.

Ryus said...

Exchange idea and point of view driven good development.

Moi Moi said...

The people also wishing for more exchange program that bring better economy growth.

Vino said...

" Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Yahya said. "If only we can cooperate, put our strengths together rather than do it separately, to develop tourism and the HoB projects within Borneo."

Usaha sama-sama amat diperlukan agar lebih banyak perkembangan positif dijalankan terutama industri pelancongan.

Green Sabah said...

Both Brunei and Sabah should put our strenghts together to developed the tourism industry in the state as Datuk Yahya said.

Green Sabah said...

It would be good for our tourism sector as well, Brunei tourist are very important because they have large buying power.

ferlo said...

hubungan Brunei dan Sabah amat kuat sejak dahulu lagi. hubungan ini harap akan berkekalan.

Green Sabah said...

Hope that the relationship between Sabah and Brueni will be maintained and also for more cooperation in local economy and developments.

Green Sabah said...

"We hope to have more exchange programmes with Brunei Darussalam and learn from them. I'm sure there's a lot that we can learn from them." Datuk Sam Mannan

Borneo Native said...

Heart of Borneo (HoB) is an initiative of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia based on the principles of conservation and sustainable development for the tropical highland forests in Borneo. the HoB initiative’s goal is to preserve and maintain the sustainability of one of Borneo’s best remaining rain forests, for the welfare of present and future generations..

Borneo Native said...

in November 2011, the State Government of Sabah and WWF co-hosted an international symposium entitled, "Heart of Borneo - Green Economic Development for Business and Environment". delegates from the three countries presented updates on the current national processes to develop green economy approaches. the side event aims to profile the efforts in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia under the trilateral Heart of Borneo Initiative to develop green economy approaches...

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