BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia look set to boost cooperation in the field of sports following the first joint committee meeting between senior officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia yesterday, during which they identified various areas of collaborations, Borneo Bulletin reported.
Held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, the meeting saw the Brunei delegates led by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar, while their Malaysian counterparts were led by the Secretary General to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dato’ Mohd Mohid bin Mohamed.
The meeting aims to allow for the formulating of action plans in cooperation in the field of youths and sports, in realising the signed MoU between both countries on July 2, 2012 in Malaysia.
Following the meeting, Malaysia welcomes Brunei athletes of priority sports to organise sparring and to conduct training with the Malaysian athletes in 2013, in preparation of the SEA Games 2013. Meanwhile, Brunei also welcomes athletes from Malaysia (particularly Sabah and Sarawak) to hold sparring with its athletes.
There was also a proposal to place a number of officers at the National Sport Institute of Malaysia, allowing them exposure to the approach of sports science. Additionally, Malaysia is also ready to provide assistance to Brunei in developing the sport of archery.
It was agreed upon that Brunei would send Youth Development Centre officials to the National Youth Skill Institute of Malaysia in January next year to learn about the certification of Golf Caddy. Brunei also supports participation in the one million youths gathering.
Also agreed upon was the setting up of a TOR joint committee MoU between both countries, which will be held every year with each country taking turn as host, while it will be chaired together by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Malaysia’s Secretary General to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Describing the cooperation between both countries, Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar said, “Ties between Brunei and Malaysia at the ministerial level have been strong. From the established relations, we have reached an agreement whereby both countries will benefit from the cooperation in sports, volunteers and sport industry”
To further foster relations, he said, “Through sports and youth exchange, we can further build on the already strong relationship between Brunei and Malaysia. I believe the meeting today will achieve concrete agreement and through the joint committee, an action plan can be realised.”
Meanwhile, Dato’ Mohd Mohid said, “This is the first meeting after the signing of the MoU in July this year, and in the visit, there were supposed to be a series of programmes, one of which is a working visit to Malaysia by officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport in the field of skill. It was supposed to take place from November 5 to 16, but has been postponed to January next year.
He added, “The National Sport Institute of Malaysia also offers a number of places for officers from Brunei to take part in the programmes.”
With the cooperation, he said, “we hope that ties between both countries can be further strengthened.”