Brunei

  • Southeast Asia

    Record breaking amount of methamphetamine pills seized in Asia

    More than one billion methamphetamine pills were seized in East and Southeast Asia last year, according to a report released by the United Nations. The illicit synthetic drug market is constantly evolving in East and southeast Asia, with every country in the region reporting methamphetamine as their drug of greatest concern, according to the UN. The UN’s report says most…

  • World

    Asia News Today | Japanese government “on alert” for local provocations, here comes 6G”

    The Japanese government says it’s on alert for any provocations in East Asia… specifically from China, Russia and North Korea. In addition to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan last Sunday, military exercises conducted by China and Russia are becoming more active in the waters and airspace around Japan over the past 3 months,…

  • Thailand

    Chon Buri barbershop goes viral after haircut for the nephew of Brunei Sultan

    Men are flocking to a barbershop in Chon Buri after the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei came in for a haircut. Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, who is also a professional footballer, recently started playing for the Chon Buri Football Club and has become very popular among Thais, many saying he is friendly. The owner of Chang Tee Barbershop says many…

  • Malaysia

    Malaysia in talks with Brunei to open Vaccinated Travel Lane

    Malaysia’s envoy to Brunei said both countries are willing to reopen borders by establishing a Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) system which allows travellers with minimum restrictions on quarantine or none at all. Although nothing is set in stone and discussions between the two Southeast Asian countries is ongoing. The High Commissioner, Dato’ Raja Reza Raja Zaib Shah, on Wednesday told…

  • Southeast Asia

    Cambodia to appoint foreign minister as next ASEAN’s special envoy to Myanmar

    Following Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN for the year 2022, the country’s foreign minister, Prak Sokhonn, will be appointed as the bloc’s new special envoy to Myanmar, Prime Minister Hun Sen told the press during a speech at the inauguration of a luxury hotel in Phnom Penh today. Sokhonn will succeed Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister, Erywan Yusof, as the current ASEAN…

  • Myanmar

    ASEAN summit will discuss situation in Myanmar and crisis facing Karen people

    Thailand’s Foreign Minister says next month’s ASEAN summit in Brunei will discuss the ongoing crisis in Myanmar and the plight of the country’s Karen people. Don Pramudwinai says the Thai government is monitoring the situation closely, amid reports that thousands of Karen people have fled into Thailand to escape the violence of the Burmese military junta. “I cannot reveal the…

  • Crime

    Thai brothers charged with trafficking Thai women to Brunei for prostitution

    3 people, including 2 brothers, have been arrested on charges of sex trafficking, accused of sending women to Brunei for prostitution purposes. Brothers Somchai Sukson, 55 years of age, and 49 year old Rachen Suksorn, were detained under an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court, charged with a sex trafficking operation involving over 3 people. Following the arrest of…

  • World

    Son of Sultan of Brunei dies at the age of 38

    The son of the Sultan of Brunei has died at the age of 38, the government of Brunei has confirmed. Prince Azim, who was 4th in line to the throne, passed away on Saturday morning. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, his Wikipedia entry says he succumbed to a long illness. CNN reports that the prince had…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Singapore lifts restrictions, travellers from New Zealand and Brunei allowed

    Some major border restrictions are lifting in Singapore. Those in New Zealand or Brunei who want to spend a holiday in Singapore can do so starting September 1. There will no requirement for those travellers to do a 2 week quarantine. Those in Singapore will also be allowed to travel to both New Zealand and Brunei. Yes, it’s a travel bubble…

  • Southeast Asia

    Brunei backs down on gay sex death penalty

    Brunei’s sultan now says that death by stoning for gay sex and adultery will not be enforced after a global backlash, but critics are still calling for harsh sharia laws to be completely abandoned in the tiny ASEAN country. The code, also punishing theft with amputation of hands and feet, came into force in April in the sultanate on the…

  • Southeast Asia

    Protest at London’s Dorchester Hotel as international protests against Brunei ramp up

    Anti-discrimination demonstrators staged a protest outside the Brunei-owned luxury Dorchester Hotel in London yesterday. The protest is part of ongoing protests around the world over the tiny South East Asian Sultanate of Brunei’s adoption of harsh new Sharia laws. The new laws include death by stoning for gay sex and amputation of hands for theft. The Dorchester Hotel is majority…

  • Southeast Asia

    Brunei’s draconian new penal code comes into force

    PHOTOS: Beverly Hills Hotel, just one of many hotels partly owned by the Brunei royal family Outrage greets Brunei’s anti-gay laws and draconian punishments as they come into force. The harsh new criminal laws in Brunei, including death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery, and amputation of limbs for theft, is now in effect. Despite an international…

  • Southeast Asia

    Brunei’s ‘vicious’ new Islamic criminal laws – Amnesty International

    Brunei, an ASEAN country, has announced the introduction of draconian sharia criminal laws. Included, death by stoning for gays and amputation for theft. The new penalties come into effect on April 3. And, by the way, the new laws also apply to children. It’s all covered under the new Brunei Sharia Penal Code. Not surprisingly governments and rights groups around the…