The Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew arrived in the small kingdom of?
The Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew arrived in the small kingdom of Brunei on Thursday (29 March) for a two day unofficial visit. Mr. Lee led a high-level government delegation which included the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Dr. Goh Keng Sen, and the Senior Ministers of State at the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Lee and his delegation were met at the capital's airport by the British High Commissioner and other Brunei officials. Brunei is a British Protectorate and its external affairs are still handled by Britain.
Brunei's Head of State, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, received the Singapore Premier for a half hour audience. No details were given of the talks between the two leaders, but it is thought that Prime Minister Lee may have been seeking additional jungle training facilities in Brunei for his country's forces.
There was also some speculation that Singapore may be sounding out the possibility of Brunei joining the Association of South East Asian Nations. The prospect of Brunei joining the Malaysian Federation in 1962 led to a revolt in the country which was in turn suppressed by the Sultan's father, Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin.
On the second day of his visit, Premier Lee visited the district of Temburong, where Singapore troops have been undergoing training in jungle warfare since September 1977.
Prime Minister Lee was watching defence manoeuvres. Singapore has virtually no jungle of its own suitable for such exercises.