Bandar Seri Begawan - Two Singapore Red Cross officials yesterday paid a courtesy call to V P Hirubalan, Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei, at the Singapore High Commission in Subok.
Madam Norshana, who heads a nine-member delegation, arrived in the Sultanate Dec 6 for the first 'Youth Exchange Programme Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society and Singapore Red Cross' that unfolded here days earlier.
During the courtesy call, Madam Norshana spoke of the programme's objective, describing it as a bilateral exchange for the Singapore Red Cross students to partake in and notably gain experience through interactions with their Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society counterparts.
So far, the visiting Singapore Red Cross members have met with the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society in all four districts. They visited places of interest in the capital and participated in community service projects.
The Singapore Red Cross and Temburong division of the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society jointly organized the projects.
On community service, Madam Norshana illustrated the good relations between the two delegations, where she observed excellent co-operations between them.
The Singapore High Commissioner also noted that in observing the close ties between Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, the exchange programme served as evidence of the long existing relationship between the two countries at all levels.
The Singapore High Commissioner placed high hopes that the exchange programme be continued in the future, where he wishes to see the two sides working together on a large-scale project such as community works in third world countries.
The Singapore Red Cross delegation was also feted to a farewell dinner hosted by the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society last night.
In addition, the night saw cultural performances delivered by members of the Singapore Red Cross as well as Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society members from all four divisions.
The Singapore Red Cross delegation will leave the Sultanate today.
- Borneo Bulletin Online via BruDirect.com (Revised: December 10, 2004)