BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has conveyed his deepest condolences to Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud over the demise of the Sarawak chief minister’s wife Puan Sri Laila Taib yesterday.
“I am deeply saddened by her passing. She was a person who was deeply loved by Chief Minister Taib. She was always with him, by his side, everywhere he went.
“It will be a big loss to him but I pray he will have the strength to face this difficult time,’’ Najib said at a press conference here last night.
Najib was here for a meeting with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to discuss bilateral issues.
Laila died in Kuching at 3.45pm yesterday, after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Meanwhile, Najib said he was very happy with the progress of talks on issues of concern between Malaysia and Brunei.
Oil-rich Brunei wants to invest heavily in Malaysia, especially in infrastructure projects, he said.
“The meeting was in a very cordial and happy atmosphere. The Sultan is very happy with our bilateral ties and has expressed his wish to enhance cooperation with us in many sectors.
“Apart from moving towards resolving the land and maritime boundary issues between Malaysia and Brunei, the Sultan has expressed his interest to invest in several projects in Malaysia, via the Brunei Investment Agency,” Najib said.
“Brunei is keen on a five-star hotel that is being built near the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It is also looking at investing in other projects in Malaysia.
“Brunei and Malaysia are also looking into an agreement to sort out double taxation, and enhancing our defence systems. Brunei also wants to develop more tourism packages with Malaysia because Kota Kinabalu and Miri are very important destinations for Bruneians,” he told a press conference here.
Najib said no date had been fixed for the finalisation of any agreement on land and maritime boundary issues, but hoped these would be settled soon.
He added that more Malaysian ministers would be visiting Brunei on a regular basis so that existing ties could be strengthened and new areas of cooperation ex–plored.
Brunei will host the annual joint consultation between leaders of both nations in August this year.