• Short Summary

    THE STATE OF BRUNEI, SANDWICHED BETWEEN MALAYSIAN SARAWAK AND SABAH, HAS FOR THE MOMENT OVERLOOKED ITS POLITICAL PROBLEMS TO CELEBRATE THE CORONATION OF A NEW SULTAN, HASSANAL BOLKIAH.

  • Description

    THE STATE OF BRUNEI, SANDWICHED BETWEEN MALAYSIAN SARAWAK AND SABAH, HAS FOR THE MOMENT OVERLOOKED ITS POLITICAL PROBLEMS TO CELEBRATE THE CORONATION OF A NEW SULTAN, HASSANAL BOLKIAH.

    THE 22-YEAR-OLD RULER WILL BE CROWNED ON 1 AUGUST BY HIS FATHER, SID OMAR ALI SAIFFUDIN, WHO ABDICTATED THE THRONE IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR. BRUNEI TOWN HAS BEEN DECORATED WITH ARCHES, AND ALMOST GBP1 MILLION STERLING HAS BEEN SPENT ON A PALACE FOR THE NEW SULTAN.

    THE PALACE...IT IS THE SECOND IN THE TOWN, SINCE THE YOUNG SULTAN'S FATHER IS RETAINING HIS OWN RESIDENCE....HAS A GRANDILOQUENT THRONE ROOM. THERE'S A THRONE OF HAND-CARVED TEAK DECORATED WITH GOLD LEAF, AND AN IMMENSE CHANDELIER MADE IN VIENNA. IT WEIGHS TWO TONS.

    THE NEW SULTAN'S SUBJECTS WILL BE MOSTLY MALAYS, AND MOST OF THEM LIVE IN THE PICTURESQUE WATER VILLAGE. THEY, LIKE THE PALACE GUARDS, HAVE BEEN PRACTISING THE CEREMONIES THEY'LL ENACT FOR THE CORONATION.

    BRUNEI IS RICH...IT HAS OIL WELLS AT SERIA AND OFF THE COAST...AND IT IS ALSO TROUBLED. YOUNG SULTAN HASSANAL IS BEING CROWNED BECAUSE HIS FATHER ABDICATED IN PROTEST AGAINST BRITAIN WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM THE AREA, AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ADVOCATING CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES. BRUNEI IS UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY, AND SIR OMAR IS PLANNING TO STAND AS A CANDIDATE IN PLANNED ELECTIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5LQAMNC4C8WNQP59MYGSKYE3F
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LQAMNC4C8WNQP59MYGSKYE3F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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