• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF OIL-RICH BRUNEI, THE LAST SULTANATE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, IS POSITIONED BETWEEN THE TWIN STATES OF MALAYSIAN SABAH AND SARAWAK.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF OIL-RICH BRUNEI, THE LAST SULTANATE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, IS POSITIONED BETWEEN THE TWIN STATES OF MALAYSIAN SABAH AND SARAWAK. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE ON THE ISLAND OF BORNEO WHERE BRITISH TROOPS REMAIN IN FORCE.

    BRUNEI CONSISTS OF 2,226 SQUARE MILES AND HAS A POPULATION OF 110,000. IT HAS THE LARGEST EUROPEAN POPULATION IN BORNEO -- ABOUT 2,500 -- MANY OF WHOM WORK ON THE OILFIELD AT SERIA.

    THE STATE WAS ROCKED BY A REBELLION LED BY A.M. AZAHARI IN DECEMBER 1962. IT WAS QUICKLY PUT DOWN BY BRITISH TROOPS. AZAHARI IS NOW IN EXILE SOMEWHERE IN INDONESIA.

    OIL ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 95 PER CENT OF THE STATE'S INCOME ..... A SECTION OF SERIA FELL TO THE REBELS IN 1962. THIS BLEAK REMINDER HAS NECESSITATED THE STATIONING THERE OF BRITISH GURKHA SOLDIERS OF BATTALION STRENGTH. THE GURKHAS BELONGS TO THE 1/8 ??? ??? ??? ???. THIS BATTALION WAS THE FIRST TO BE ??? TO BRUNEI FROM SINGAPORE WHEN THE REBELLION BROKE OUT.

    THE PRESENT GURKHA CAME IN SERIA CONSISTS OF BUNGALOW-TYPE HOUSES BUILT BY AN OIL COMPANY AND ON LOAN TO THE ARMY.

    THIS BATTALION PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN LIBERATION BRITISH AND DUTCH EMPLOYEES OF A REPUTED OIL COMPANY WHO WERE HELD IN HOSTAGE BY THE REBELS.

    SERIA HAS AN OUTPUT OF 100,000 BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL A DAY. IT IS ONE OF ASIA'S MAIN OIL PRODUCERS. PRODUCTION IS INCREASING AND MORE WELLS ARE BEING DRILLED.

    THE SULTAN RECENTLY REQUESTED PERMISSION FROM THE KING OF NEPAL TO RECRUIT BATTALION OF RETIRED BRITISH ARMY GURKHAS TO FROM A BRUNEI GURKHA FIELD FORCE. THESE GURKHAS ARE EXPECTED TO COME FROM THE BRITISH ARMY FOLLOWING BRITAIN'S TROOP-REDUCTION IN 1968. FOUR THOUSAND GURKHAS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS MOVE.

    EVERYTHING IS NOW NORMAL IN SERIA...BUT THE GURKHAS STILL MAINTAIN A ROUND-THE-CLOCK WATCH. THEY ARE FREQUENTLY ENGAGED IN MILITARY EXERCISES IN THE AREA. TO AVOID ADVERSE POLITICAL SENTIMENT, THEY CONDUCT THESE EXERCISES IN THE SURROUND-THE-JUNGLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3PI6KKIDIT5V052Y2XI9TV1R3
    Media URN:
    VLVA3PI6KKIDIT5V052Y2XI9TV1R3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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