BRUNEI and Malaysia are expected to increase bilateral cooperation in the area of trade and education following a meeting between His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister yesterday.
In a briefing with Malaysian media after a visit to the Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin disclosed to media that Brunei had identified three territories with great potential for investment, namely Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.
Malaysia's deputy premier said the investment would be taken up by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA), according to a report by Bernama, Malaysia's state news agency.
Bernama quoted Tan Sri Muhyiddin, who also holds the post of education minister in Malaysia, as saying that both countries would also establish cooperation in education, particularly in the aspect of international schools, vocational education and ICT.
He said that in the area of international schools, one aspect to be looked into would be the need for exchange of students because a feature of the development of high-performance schools in Malaysia was an international network among schools abroad.
Meanwhile, The Star Online reported that BIA was keen on going into real estate development in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.
It reported that the deputy premier had revealed that BIA was also eyeing potential projects in halal meat production and hotel projects.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin, who is on a two-day official visit to the Sultanate, earlier in the morning held a bilateral meeting with Brunei's Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong. The two discussed bilateral relationship and further cooperation in the field of education.
A statement from Brunei's education ministry yesterday described these to be in the areas of technical and vocational education, teachers' training, school linkages programmes such as in the areas of information and communication technology, the use of English as a medium of instruction in schools and possible areas of future collaboration in school improvement programmes.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin was granted an audience with His Majesty at the Istana Nurul Iman, during which His Majesty was reported to have expressed his interest in expanding bilateral relations with Malaysia in the area of trade and education.
After the audience, Tan Sri Muhyiddin proceeded to visit the Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School and toured the school.
He attended an evening reception to mingle with Malaysians in Brunei at the Malaysian High Commission.
He is also scheduled to attend the 46th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (Seameo) Council Conference (Seamec) and 6th Asean Education Ministers Meeting (ASED) today before leaving the Sultanate in the afternoon. The Brunei Times