The small predominantly-Moslem Borneo Sultanate of Brunei has been celebrating its full internal independence during the past week.
The small predominantly-Moslem Borneo Sultanate of Brunei has been celebrating its full internal independence during the past week. On Tuesday (23 November) the 26-year-old Sultan of Brunei signed a new treaty int he capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, amid ceremonial pageantry. Until this week Britain has advised the oil-rich state on its internal affairs, but under the terms of the new treaty will continue its responsibility only for Brunei's defence. Brunei was originally to have become part of the Malaysian Federation, but opted out at the last minute.
SYNOPSIS: Bander Seri Begawan....capital of the small Borneo Sultanate of Brunei. Here, a week ago, Brunei received full internal independence amid full ceremonial pageantry.
The 26-year-old Sultan of Brunei arrived at the Royal Assembly Hall for the ceremony and was greeted by a guard of honour. Brunei was, originally, to have joined the Malaysian Federation but decided at the last minuet to favour dependence on British support.
Until this ceremony, Britain had advised the oil-rich state on all internal affairs, but has now agreed to continue responsibility only for Brunei' defence, should any foreign threat arise. After inspecting the Guard, the Sultan proceeded indoors to sign a treaty confirming the new arrangements with Britain.
During the ceremony the Sultan sat on a gold throne, near other members of the Brunei Royal Family and officials. Government and community leaders were among invited guests who saw the treaty signed.
The document was initialled for the British Government by an officer of Britain's Royal Navy.