On 6 – 9 December 2009, the Governor of East Kalimantan of Indonesia, Awang Faroek Ishak, visited Brunei Darussalam to attend the closing ceremony of the 3rd Borneo Games on 6 December 2009 as well as paid courtesy calls to the Bruneian Ministers dealing with economic, socio-cultural and tourism matters on 7 and 8 December 2009.
The 3rd Borneo Games was held on 29 November – 6 December 2009 and participated by contingents of athletes from East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan (Indonesia), Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak (Malaysia) and Brunei Darussalam, as well as the Malaysian peninsular state of Melacca, by an invitation of the Government of Brunei Darussalam.
The 3rd Borneo Games showcased tournaments of nine branches of sports, which included badminton, gasing game, lawn tennis, sepak takraw (takraw ball game), lawn ball, cue-sports (billiard, snooker, 8-ball & 9-ball), athletics, pencak silat traditional martial arts and lawn hockey. The East Kalimantan contingent took part in five (5) branches of sports i.e. badminton, athletics, pencak silat, sepak takraw and lawn tenis, while the Central Kalimantan contingent competed in the lawn tennis game. The achievement of the East Kalimantan was quite well, on the 4th position with the total number of medals attained 146 after Sabah on the top position with 248 medals, Sarawak on the second position with 243 medals, and Brunei Darussalam with 194 medals. Even though, of the gold medals tallied, East Kalimantan was on the 3rd position with 14 gold medals after Sarawak with 20 gold medals and Sabah with 18 gold medals. The Central Kalimantan contingent succeeded to attain the total of 10 medals and was ranked on the 7th position.
The Borneo Games is held every two years and the first Borneo Games was held in Sabah in 2005 and the second Borneo Games was conducted in Sarawak in 2007. The forthcoming Borneo Games, which will be the fourth, will be carried out in Samarinda, East Kalimantan in 2011. In the closing ceremony of the 3rd Borneo Games at the Stadium of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan, Governor Awang Faroek Ishak on behalf of the Provincial Government of East Kalimantan symbolically received the handover of the hosting of the Borneo Games from Brunei Darussalam.
After having attended the closing ceremony of the 3rd Borneo Games, on 7 December 2009 Governor Awang Faroek Ishak paid courtesy call to the Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa Major-General (Ret’d) Dato Seri Pahlawan Hj Awang Mohammad bin Hj Daud. On the same day, the Governor also paid a visit to the Second Minister of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Paduka Hj Awang Abdul Rahman bin Hj Ibrahim. On 8 December 2009, the Governor was received by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Paduka Hj Awang Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar. The Governor, accompanied by the Secretary of the Provincial Government of East Kalimantan and several Directors at the provincial government, had a meeting with the President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) of Brunei Darussalam, Hj Mohammad Razali bin Hj Johari, and his Executive Board members. The purpose of the meeting was to explain on the potentials of the East Kalimantan province and seek the possibilities to establish cooperation in the areas of economics, trade, investment, mining, agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and tourism between East Kalimantan and Brunei Darussalam. The Governor of East Kalimantan also expressed his province’s interest to participate at the travel mart which will be held in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Brunei Darussalam which will be held later in the third week of January 2010.
The Provincial Government of East Kalimantan, with the cooperation of the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, held a dinner at the Rizqun International Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan on 8 December 2009 and invited Brunei Government officials and businessmen as well as leading figures in the Indonesian community in Brunei Darussalam. The popular Malay Indonesian singer, Iyet Bustami, spiced up the evening. The guest of honour was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei Darussalam, Dato Paduka Hj Jemat bin Hj Ampal. The Governor left Brunei Darussalam on 9 December 2009.