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Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal embracing each other after the joint-press conference at Pacific Sutera here today. SNT Pix/ Courtesy Information Department

KOTA KINABALU: A meeting between two old friends over breakfast today brought in investment prospects for both Sabah and Singapore.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean met over breakfast at the Pacific Sutera here this morning, which both later described as fruitful.

“I am very happy to be here and meet up with my old friend. I have known him (Shafie) for quite a long time,” said Teo in a joint-press conference later.

Teo who is on a three-day working visit to Sabah beginning on Friday said they talked on quite a number of things among them on how the governments of Singapore and Sabah can work closely together in forging greater economic ties.

Teo and Shafie speaking to the media at the joint-press conference in Pacific Sutera here today. SNT Pix/Courtesy Information Department

He told the media in Sabah that Singapore wanted to continue to strengthen economic, trade and investment ties with Sabah especially in tourism, technical and vocational education as well as property development.

“Both (Singapore and Sabah) have an interest in more economic ties, trade and investment and also in tourism particularly. I think (tourism) that’s a wonderful product that Sabah has. Many Singaporeans have already come and visited (Sabah).

“We hope that we are able to increase that and perhaps investment in tourism,” he said while noting that Sabah has a variety of attractive tourism destinations including in Sandakan, Tawau and Semporna in the east coast.

“Most Singaporeans know about Mount Kinabalu and the islands here but they are not really aware of the attractions in the east coast of Sabah,” said Teo.

The Deputy Prime Minister also invited Shafie for an official visit to the island republic to discuss in further detail cooperation between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Shafie said they also discussed the possibility of having direct flights from Singapore to Sabah’s east coast.

In this respect, he said the state government will be sending a team to the Singapore to explore ways to develop its technical and vocational education.

“We can learn a lot from Singapore and how we can advance on this,” he said.

Later, Teo together with his wife Chew Poh Yim paid a courtesy call to the Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Istana Negeri before making an official visit to the Sepanggar naval base later in the afternoon.-SabahNewsToday


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