Najib In Brunei To Discuss Pan Borneo Highway, Oil & Gas With Sultan

FLASHBACK: Najib and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah In deep discussion: exchanging views before the start of their annual meeting in Putrajaya in 2016.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Pan Borneo Highway project and cooperation in defence, tourism as well as the oil and gas sector are among the key issues expected to be discussed at the 21st Malaysia-Brunei Annual Leaders’ Consultation here Thursday.

The Prime Minister who arrived here late Wednesday for the meeting with the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at Istana Nurul Iman.

Najib Razak is accompanied by several cabinet ministers including Anifah Aman, Foreign Minister,
Hishammuddin Hussein, Defence Minister, Fadillah Yusof, Works Minister, and Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

Also joining the delegation are Musa Aman, the Sabah Chief Minister and Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Sarawak Chief Minister.

According to reports quoting Ghulam Jelani Khanizaman, the Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei, he had said Malaysia and Brunei enjoy warm and cordial bilateral ties.

According to him, trade between two countries from January to July this year totalled RM2.69 billion.

In terms of tourism, he said 1.4 million tourists from Brunei visited Malaysia last year and they made up the fifth largest group of visitors to Malaysia.

He said this year more than 1.5 million tourists from Brunei were expected to visit Malaysia and he was confident the figure could be achieved because as at August, 1.15 million tourists from Brunei had visited Malaysia.

He said the Annual Leaders’ Consultation is a very important mechanism in the effort to strengthen relations between the two countries in various fields and levels for their mutual benefit.