Brunei

Requested by Bea

Bruneian Fact 1 (Jan. 4–Jan. 10, 2009)

Brunei has a lovely climate: hot, humid, and rainy.

Bruneian Fact 2 (Jan. 11–Jan. 17, 2009)

Only 3.3% of Bruneians are over the age of 65.

Bruneian Fact 3 (Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2009)

Brunei has not held elections since 1964, 20 years before they gained independence from the British.  The Sultan of Brunei appointed a legislative council in 2005 which has met annually since then.  One of the council’s first acts was to pass a constitutional amendment calling for a 45 member Legislative Council, with 15 elected members.  Elections have not yet occurred, nor are they scheduled.

Bruneian Fact 4 (Jan. 25–Jan. 31, 2009)

Only Malays are allowed to serve in the Bruneian military.  That’s only 66.3% of the population.