Brunei

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By phone

The international code for Brunei is 673. The telephone numbers in Brunei consist of 7 digits with no local codes, although the first digit of the number indicates the area such as 3 for the Belait district and 2 for Bandar Seri Begawan.

The prepaid Hallo Kad, available at TelBru's telephone offices (including one at the airport) and other outlets in denominations of $ 5-50 can be used on any telephone in the country to make local and international calls. Other phone cards are also available for use in public telephones.

GSM mobile telephony services are available from the network operator DST. They have a good variety of itinerant connections. 3G mobile telephony services are available from B-Mobile.

Language

The official language of Brunei is Malay (Bahasa Melayu), but due to its British colonial past, English is widely spoken and understood in urban areas. A bit of Malay will be useful in rural areas, since English proficiency is limited there. While all inhabitants of Brunei are able to speak standard Malay, the local Malay dialect is almost incomprehensible to other Malay speakers. Brunei also officially uses the Arabic script for Malay known as Jawi, although most of the signs are written in both Jawi and Roman letters. However, with the exception of religious publications, the Roman alphabet remains by far the most commonly used script when writing Malay in Brunei.

The Chinese ethnic community in Brunei continues to speak a variety of Chinese dialects, including Hokkien, Teochew and many others.

Culture

The culture of Brunei is predominantly Malay (reflecting its ethnicity), with strong influences from Islam, but it is considered much more conservative than Indonesia and Malaysia. The influences of the Bruneian culture come from the Malay cultures of the Malay archipelago. Four periods of cultural, animistic, Hindu, Islamic and Western influence have occurred. Islam had a very strong influence, and was adopted as the ideology and philosophy of Brunei. The main official language of Brunei is the Malay language, but the English language is also widely spoken, as it is considered a compulsory subject in most schools.

As a country of Sharia, the sale and public consumption of alcohol are prohibited. Non-Muslims can bring a limited amount of alcohol from their point of embarkation abroad for their own private consumption.

Media

It is said that the media in Brunei are pro-government. The country has received the status "Not Free" by Freedom House; Press criticism of the government and the monarchy is rare. However, the press is not openly hostile to alternative points of view and does not limit itself to publishing only articles about the government. The government allowed a printing and publishing company, Brunei Press PLC, to be formed in 1953. The company continues to print the English-language Borneo Bulletin. This document began as a weekly community newspaper and became a daily newspaper in 1990. In addition to The Borneo Bulletin, there are also the Media Permata and Pelita Brunei, the local Malay newspapers that circulate daily. The Brunei Times is another independent English newspaper published in Brunei since 2006.

The Brunei government owns and operates six television channels with the introduction of digital television using DVB-T (RTB 1, RTB 2, RTB 3 (HD), RTB 4, RTB 5 and RTB New Media (gaming portal)) and five radio stations (national FM, Pilihan FM, Nur Islam FM, Harmony FM and Pelangi FM). A private company has made available cable television (Astro-Kristal) and a private radio station, Kristal FM. It also has an online campus radio station, UBD FM that airs from its first university, the Brunei Darussalam University.

Respect

The Brunei government functions as a Malaysian Islamic monarchy (MIB), which means that the Sultan of Brunei, besides being one of the richest men in the world, runs the country effectively and appears on the first page of the two local newspapers. almost every day. At all costs, do not insult or speak badly of the royal family.

In addition, although the inhabitants of Brunei are generally courteous and tolerant, it is a good idea to know the sensitivities surrounding certain topics of conversation, especially politics (national, regional or international) and world events, particularly those related to Islam or the Islamic countries.

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