Brunei: Entire nation's commerce shutdown for 2hrs every Fri

The Brunei Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed all business premises and offices, centres of entertainment, recreation and sports including Cineplex and playground, foodstalls, markets and other business establishments to close on Fridays from 12pm to 2pm, starting November 2, 2012. This would in effect, bring the country’s entire commercial activities to a halt for 2 hours every Friday.


Brunei’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan

The Ministry stated that this is in conjunction with the recent titah by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei. In his titah delivered on the eve of Hari Raya Aidil Adha, the monarch called for shops to close from a suitable time of the day until the conclusion of the Friday prayers. He said that this was to uphold the image of the nation as an Islamic country and to prevent errant Muslims from skipping the obligatory prayers. He also pointed out that the move is aligned with Syariah or Islamic law. His Majesty said, “From this command of Allah (SWT), no one will lose out but instead, the country will get a good name and image, as well as the blessings that we can anticipate from Allah (SWT).”

His Majesty pointed out that temporarily closing all business premises during Friday prayers will solve the “loafing syndrome” of some of the youths at shopping centres or walkways while other Muslims are already in or on their way to the mosque. If this matter is neglected, His Majesty stressed that it will tarnish the nation’s image and also its Islamic image.

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Oil & gas continue to account for 90% of Brunei’s government revenues

With a stagnated economy that is now ASEAN slowest-growing, and an incessant falling living standard when adjusted to inflation, Brunei is increasingly turning towards religion for spiritual support. Its ‘Wawasan 2035 Negara Zikir’ vision dictates the implementation of regulations relevant to the ‘Zikir Nation’ goal, which aspires it to be the purest Islamic economy in the region by 2035.

The economic decline of Brunei is visibly apparent. In 1980, the Bruneian GDP per capita was US$25,538 - 5.3 times wealthier than Singapore’s US$4,857 or 11 times that of Malaysia’s US$2,324. In 2011, the gap has been widely narrowed, with Brunei’s GDP per capita at US$36,583 - 35% poorer than Singapore’s US$49,270 or 3.5 times that of Malaysia’s US$10,466.

Source:

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2012 … pm-fridays

http://www.brudirect.com/index.php/Loca … ayers.html

http://news.silobreaker.com/shops-shoul … 5629722694

http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/10/27 … yesterday/

Kelantan already impose this rule since I can’t remember when (probably during the day PAS rule Kelantan.) I’ve been in Kelantan since it’s my mom’s hometown and I already getting used to it. :slight_smile:

AFAIK, banks in Kelantan still operates like normal, but it depends on the manager.

There are some differences between Kelantan and Brunei. Kelantan has been religious all along, but Brunei only begin to do so after economic stagnation. If you see the photos of Bruneian top elites, especially in Europe; the million-dollar parties, the women, the ‘playground’, the extravagance, you will start to think if what Brunei did is for real or just attempts to divert attention from real issues.

EH… i was thinking of going for sushi on friday lunch… seems like i have to cancel? wtf

right, after 2pm you can go.

either i go after 2pm or i go or i arrive before 12 yesss yess? hahahaha

i doubt they will close eateries?

yeah, i think all cafe, restaurant and other eateries all close, beside own kitchen at home

specific enough for eateries?

Friday the 13th every week!

[quote=“mevotex”]The Brunei Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed all business premises and offices, centres of entertainment, recreation and sports including Cineplex and playground, foodstalls, markets and other business establishments to close on Fridays from 12pm to 2pm, starting November 2, 2012. This would in effect, bring the country’s entire commercial activities to a halt for 2 hours every Friday.

The economic decline of Brunei is visibly apparent. In 1980, the Bruneian GDP per capita was US$25,538 - 5.3 times wealthier than Singapore’s US$4,857 or 11 times that of Malaysia’s US$2,324. In 2011, the gap has been widely narrowed, with Brunei’s GDP per capita at US$36,583 - 35% poorer than Singapore’s US$49,270 or 3.5 times that of Malaysia’s US$10,466.
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This is a sad day for Brunei.Civil liberties of people already have been violated and now business also suffers.Think about all the non-Muslim workers having to tapau before hand or even worse go home for lunch.What’s worse struggling restaurants losing their main custom of the day.

On the bigger picture, it is another ploy to cloud the eyes of the people.I don’t think it’s just an economic distractor but also more and more young people feel detached from the monarchy and in fact this year the MOE make all students in A Level(STPM in Malaysia) attend compulsory day long MIB briefings.The certificate of participation will be a prerequisite to applying for government scholarships abroad.

I think they feel they are losing grip on power or they are trying to consolidate power for transition to the next in line.

Just my humble opinion.

I second this:
Extravagant party in London:http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG9356182/Prince-Azims-diva-fest-30th-birthday-bash.html
Sex scandal in royal family:http://journalism.nyu.edu/publishing/archives/livewire/books_media/the_real_harem/index.html
http://www.people.com/people/archive/ar … 82,00.html

It’s confirmed eateries are closed. Wondering what will all those tourist in Empire Hotel do ah…

Over the years we have all read in the news how bruneian princes behaved overseas especially in western countries, spending their money buying celebrity friends and entertaining them. At home bruneians are restricted to boring lives with islamic laws. What big hypocrites they are!

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sh … party.html

semua tutup :mrgreen: bang…

There are a lot eateries mushrooming in Brunei. But this law would be giving them a hard time. Closing their doors to non muslim customers at 12 to 2pm.

[quote=“d.clerc”]

This is a sad day for Brunei.Civil liberties of people already have been violated and now business also suffers.Think about all the non-Muslim workers having to tapau before hand or even worse go home for lunch.What’s worse struggling restaurants losing their main custom of the day.

On the bigger picture, it is another ploy to cloud the eyes of the people.I don’t think it’s just an economic distractor but also more and more young people feel detached from the monarchy and in fact this year the MOE make all students in A Level(STPM in Malaysia) attend compulsory day long MIB briefings.The certificate of participation will be a prerequisite to applying for government scholarships abroad.

I think they feel they are losing grip on power or they are trying to consolidate power for transition to the next in line.

Just my humble opinion.[/quote]

I think the issue of non-Muslims having to tapau or whatever is just a trivial matter. What if it was me? A bit inconvenient? Maybe a little. But it’s nothing to whine about really. I feel the major concern here is the effect it has on business’ earnings, even more as Friday being a holiday over there.

My only worry now is… knowing our ‘holier than everyone’ government… they might feel so kiasu by Brunei’s law and will come up with something more than that.

How about the Brunei borders? Also office will close from 12pm-2pm on Friday?

borders still open.

Yeah basically everything else close.

If border open ok lor. I’m not stopping anywhere in Brunei to eat.