ASEAN Summit Working Dinner
The 22nd ASEAN Summit begins tonight in Bandar Seri Begawan. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, consented to host a Working Dinner for the Heads of State and Government of ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretary General. The dinner took place at the new Prime Minister's Office Complex in Jalan Berakas.
Upon arrival at the Prime Minister's Office Complex, His Majesty was greeted by the Second Minister of Finance at the Prime Minister's Office, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman; the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, and the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Retired Colonel Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin.
His Majesty welcomed the arrival of the Prime Minister of Cambodia, His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen. Cambodia became the 10th member of ASEAN on 30th April, 1999.
This was followed by the arrival of the Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, His Excellency Thongsing Thammavong. Laos joined ASEAN on 23 July 1997.
Followed by the arrival of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Dato Laila Utama Doctor Haji Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Indonesia is one of the founding members of ASEAN on 8th August 1967. The first ASEAN Summit was held in Bali, Indonesia, in 1976. ASEAN is headquartered in Jakarta.
Next to arrive was the President of Senate, Parliament of Malaysia, His Excellency Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, as the special representative of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Malaysia, too, is one of the founding members of ASEAN.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam then welcomed the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Excellency Thein Sein. Myanmar joined ASEAN on 23 July, 1997, together with Laos.
This was followed by the arrival of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino the Third. Like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the Philippines is also a founding member of ASEAN.
The next ASEAN leader to arrive was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong. Singapore is one of the founding members of ASEAN.
It was then followed by the arrival of the Prime Minister of Thailand, Her Excellency Yingluck Shinawatra. Thailand joined Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore in founding the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 1967.
And finally, the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, His Excellency Nguyen Tan Dung. Viet Nam joined ASEAN on 28th July, 1995, as the 7th member of the Association. The shirts worn by the ASEAN Heads of States and Governments were specially designed by the Office of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and were specially weaved by the Brunei Arts and Handicraft Centre. The colours were chosen by the ASEAN Heads of States and Governments.