SARAWAK: A deal was inked between Singapore and Sarawak on Tuesday (Feb 2) to boost tourism cooperation between the two countries.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between Sarawak's Land Custody and Development Authority and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, was witnessed by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on the first day of his working visit to Sarawak, as well as Chief Minister of Sarawak Adenan Satem.
According to a press statement by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Balakrishnan and Dr Adenan welcomed the MOU on tourism cooperation as a significant step forward and a way to enhance the strong ties between Singapore and Sarawak.
Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan calling on Chief Minister of Sarawak Adenan Satem on Feb 2, 2016. (Photo: Information Department Malaysia, Sarawak)
They both expressed hope that the MOU would catalyse new areas of cooperation in the tourism sector. Dr Balakrishnan also discussed regional developments and Singapore's counter-radicalisation efforts with Dr Adenan.
On Tuesday morning, Dr Balakrishnan called on the Governor of Sarawak Abdul Taib Mahmud. They exchanged views on regional developments, and reaffirmed the long-standing people-to-people ties between Singapore and Sarawak that date back to before Singapore's independence.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan calling on Governor of Sarawak Abdul Taib Mahmud on Feb 2, 2016. (Photo: MFA)
They agreed that Singapore and Sarawak should continue to explore new opportunities to work together, particularly in the economic and tourism sectors.