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King of Malaysia’s First Official Visit to Singapore

His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim and Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sofiah of Malaysia embarked on a significant two-day state visit to Singapore. This visit marks their first official visit since Sultan Ibrahim’s accession to the federal throne on Jan 31. Singapore President Tharman Shanmugaratnam extended the invitation for this diplomatic exchange. The invite underscores the importance of bilateral relations between the two nations.

The royal couple departing from Johor’s Istana Besar. They were accompanied by Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook and Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. The King and QUeen entered Singapore via the Johor Causeway. They were warmly welcomed upon arrival at The Istana, Singapore, by President Tharman and his wife, Jane Ittogi Shanmugaratnam.

Following a ceremonial inspection of the guard of honour at the Ceremonial Plaza, The Istana, The King, Sultan Ibrahim commenced a series of engagements. These engagements included meetings with President Tharman and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The visit also includes a State Banquet hosted by President Tharman and other diplomatic exchanges with Singaporean officials.

During the second day of the state visit, the King will meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong. Meanwhile, the Queen will visit a women’s and children’s hospital in Singapore. Additionally, the royal couple will inspect the progress of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link project before returning to Malaysia.

Sultan Ibrahim’s visit holds significance not only as a diplomatic gesture but also as a testament to the enduring ties between Malaysia and Singapore. It precedes Singapore’s upcoming leadership transition on May 15. The visit underscores the importance of maintaining strong intergovernmental relationships during periods of change.

The last official visit by the previous King of Malaysia was in October 2022. The previous King more commonly referred to as Agong was the Sultan of Pahang. The previous Agong stepped down on the 31st of January 2024.

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