The debate on Brunei’s brain drain has again hit a feverish pitch since Hardware Zone published a post entitled “Very severe brain drain as Brunei falls into decline, talented Bruneians leaving the country“. Citizens like myself are only too indifferent to the negativity surrounding the subject but it kind of begs the question: Why do many of the talented and skilled Bruneians leave the country? Read More…
Suicide attempts or cases of suicide itself can become a subject of much talk in Brunei. Discussions of it stirs up coffee break talks with assumptions on the cause of death or the decision to pursue suicide. Death is a curious thing, I admit, and when things like these happen to people I don’t know, I tend to ignore it because it doesn’t pertain me. My ignorance is not because I’m heartless, but because entering other people’s personal territory seems invasive. However, with rising use of technology and Bruneians’ dependence on Facebook and the easy-to-use Whatsapp messenger as a strong platform for communication, it’s hard to avoid these things even if you request people to not send you these information.
Thank you Sanne van Oosten for writing a blog on Brunei where you stress that people in Brunei love the regime even though it is somewhat repressive. As a former Bruneian political science student who continues to be aware of political theories and global ongoing, I would like to point out several things in regards to this piece. That is not to say I don’t agree with it. There are some points that I definitely agree with and see the reason behind the argument. As a Bruneian, I would like to point out several things to enlighten some points.
Abdul Malik Omar
With the advent of globalization, I believe Brunei Darussalam as a whole should embrace an entrepreneurial economy if it were to achieve its national vision of 2035. An entrepreneurial economy is defined as a government and nation that puts value in innovation, entrepreneurship and the willingness to compete.
Abdul Malik Omar
My vision for 2035 of Brunei Darussalam entails a capitalistic nation, well known throughout the world as the land of the elites. In this manifesto I will outline the current national standing on the global stage, the real price we need to pay for the black gold, the importance of a capitalistic society, what I envisioned of 2035 and how all of us should move towards embracing it. Particularly, the national youths.
Sanne van Oosten
Visiting Brunei was very interesting to us. Especially from the point of view of a political scientist. Brunei has free education, practically free medical care, free museums and subsidized fuel. And no…. income tax! All thanks to good ole black gold: oil. 90% of export revenue is thanks to oil and this also makes for a nice and fat piggy bank for the government, or should I say Sultanate, of Brunei.