Singapore, Oct 17 – Chief Secretary to the Malaysian Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa’s two-day working visit to the Lion city from today is set to further boost bilateral ties between Malaysia and Singapore, in particular at the public sector level.
In stating this, Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob said Ali had visited the republic before but today was his first visit as the top civil service official.
“As part of the programme, Tan Sri Peter Ong, head of the Singapore civil service, will host an official dinner in honour of the chief secretary, who is scheduled to arrive late afternoon here,” he told Bernama.
Husni Zai said during the meeting, both the public sector leaders were expected to exchange views on their respective portfolio and discuss ways to build on the relationship of the civil service of both countries. Later in the evening, Ali is scheduled to have an interaction with the High Commission’s officials at the High Commission office, here.
Husni Zai said Ali would make a courtesy call on Singapore Prime Minister,Lee Hsien Loong as well as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister in charge of the Civil Sevice, Teo Chee Hean, on Friday as part of his visit.
He said the chief secretary will also visit the Centre for Strategic Futures and the sites of the Khazanah Nasional Bhd-Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd joint development (M+S) projects in Marina One and Ophir-Rochor. The joint venture projects came about after a successful deal in Singapore that were agreed upon under the POA (Points of Agreement).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong had in 2010 come to an agreement on the Malayan Railway land in Singapore.
On the existing public sector ties between the two countries, Husni Zai said it had been excellent but Ali’s visit today would bring it to the next level. Both countries have organised joint seminars and the Malaysia-Singapore Public Service Games.