BRUNEI: A Rich Nation Yet A People Of Slaves

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (South East Asia)                                 

Population: 408,000

The aging population (65 years and up) is estimated at 6.5% in 2011.

Fertility Rate:  5.8 children/woman (1970s) vs. 2 children/woman (2010)

Life Expectancy:  67 years (1970s) vs. 78 years (2010)

Infant mortality:  11.15 deaths / 1000 live births

Male/Female Ratio:  1.0 male  / female

Major Religions:  Islam, Buddhism, Christianity

– Brunei Darussalam is a sultanate that has been ruled by the same family for more than 600 years.  Its vast oil reserves made its Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s richest men.  He showed little restraint in flaunting his fortune to the rest of the world:  the royal residence with over 1,700 rooms and corridors of gilt and marble; mosques with  minarets adorned in gold, pillars of Italian marble and welcome signs on the gates that were decorated with diamonds.

– In the mid-1990s, Brunei’s ruling family accounted for 50% cent of all Rolls-Royce sales worldwide.  The Sultan is the proud collector of the world’s most unique and gigantic car collection.  He has an astonishing collection of over 7,000 cars includes some of the fastest, most expensive and rarest motors on the planet.  Total price of the collection containing 7,000 high-performance cars is $5 billion.

– Also, occasionally substantiated rumors of harems and sex slaves plague the Brunei royal family.  Beautiful women from different parts of the world were flown into the country to serve the pleasures of his majesty, in exchange for lavish shopping sprees, expensive jewelries, trips around the world, and loads of cash.

–  The citizens of Brunei enjoy free education, free medical care, a high minimum wage and no taxation.  For medical assistance not available in the country, citizens are sent overseas at the government’s expense.  This explains the non-existent poverty in the country.

– The government also subsidizes housing and rice. Everyone is entitled to a pension, as well as low-interest loans and subsidies for automobile purchases, which might explain the abundance of luxury cars.  With one private car for every 2.09 persons, Brunei has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world. 

– Serious crime is rare.  Liquor consumption is forbidden, and nightlife is practically nonexistent. 

– Nine out of ten children aged 5-6 years old have tooth decay.  Six to 12 year-old children in Brunei are found to have the worst dental decay status among the ASEAN countries.

– One significant factor that contribute to poor dental health in young children in Brunei would be bottle-feeding that did not cease even after two to three years of age.  Seventy-three per cent of Bruneians bottle-feed their children from zero to 12 months, a percentage equivalent to $2.8 million spent on formula per child per year. 

-Brunei recorded its first local case of HIV in August 1986 and has recorded 72 cases in citizens and permanent residents up till the end of 2011.  As of December 2011, there are 49 people known to be living with HIV in Brunei, with one AIDS-related death recorded in the past year.

– Abortion is prohibited by the Penal Code of Brunei Darussalam (Articles 312-316), except if caused for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.

– The 2010 marriage and divorce statistics pointed out that among te Muslim community in Brunei, 2,735 (5,470 people) couples were married in 2010, and that out of the total, 3,849 were aged between 20 and 34 years old.  The total number of divorce cases for couples from this age group for 2010 alone was 500 out of 966 people, which accounts for 51.75%.

Sources:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bx.html

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/bruneidarussalam.html

http://theconsumerism.com/sultan-of-brunei-hassanal-bolkiah-car-collection/

http://dental.healthimaginghub.com/portals/dental-health-news-article/articles/2230-brunei-darussalam-has-the-highest-incidence-of-dental-decay-among-children.html

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2012/05/13/bottle-feeding-contributes-deteriorating-dental-health

http://www.bt.com.bn/features/2012/04/07/rapidly-ageing-population-poses-challenges-society-country

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-top-ten-happiest-countries-world-1563443.html?cat=16

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2012/09/05/16-new-hiv-cases-reported-brunei-between-2010-2011

http://dental.healthimaginghub.com/portals/dental-health-news-article/articles/2230-brunei-darussalam-has-the-highest-incidence-of-dental-decay-among-children.html

www.un.org/esa/population/publications/abortion/doc/brunei1.doc

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/downer-sniffed-a-bargain-when-playboy-prince-had-to-offload-some-boys-toys-20120617-20icw.html#ixzz28OJeDgZE

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20055851-503543.html

One thought on “BRUNEI: A Rich Nation Yet A People Of Slaves

  • December 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm
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    Your article is amazingly inacurate, your sources, when checked are “newspapers” !!!! and even then you get it wrong. If you actually read about the sex article (your own source) you will see they are talking about the sultan’s brother, not the Sultan, you state ” beautiful women for “HIS MAJESTIES pleasure” that is libelous as the Sultan himself has no such reputation. It’s bad enough that you write rubbish baed on rubbish sources but to misquote a “news paper” is very sloppy. I think you owe the Sultan and the readers an apology.
    Maybe if you bother to visit the country you will find things very different, clean , peaceful, with very friendly and happy people.

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