M’sia celebrates 58th National Day

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Malaysian High Commissioner yesterday paid tribute to Brunei as the sultanate contributed nearly $1 million for flood relief earlier this year.

Speaking during Malaysia’s 58th National Day dinner reception, Datuk Ag Sahak Ag Salleh expressed the Malaysian government’ s gratitude in receiving $500,000 by His Majesty’s Government for flood relief.

“The Malaysian government is further grateful for the contribution made (through) the Humanitarian Fund for Malaysia Flood Victim, which was launched by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei (that raised) $491,127.63,” he added.

The flood was the worst the country had experienced in 30 years.

Datuk Ag Sahak also noted the exchange of visits made by leaders of both countries, “an indication of the special relations enjoyed between Brunei and Malaysia manifested by long historical ties and traditions, including the sovereignty of Malay rulers”.

These visits included Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Laila Utama Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Hj Abd Razak for the 19th Annual Leaders Consultation earlier this month.

As a result of the meeting, Brunei and Malaysia agreed to extend operating hours of border checkpoints until midnight.

Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of a diplomatic reception held at Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club earlier, Datuk Ag Sahak hoped the border extension would start by September.

“We are just waiting from the Brunei side (to decide) the actual date; (the border extension) is good for both countries in terms of people mobility across the border,” he said.

The Brunei Times