Brunei continued in 2016 to suffer from declining oil and gas prices. The budget deficit grew. The Sultan made economic diversification and “prudent spending” the year’s central political themes. He criticized several government institutions during “surprise visits” and sharply attacked the Ministry of Religious Affairs for “delaying” the full enforcement of an Islamic legal reform.
Brunei Darussalam in 2016: The Sultan Is Not Amused
Dominik M. Müller is Head of the Research Group “The Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia” (DFG Emmy Noether Program) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Dominik M. MÜLler; Brunei Darussalam in 2016: The Sultan Is Not Amused. Asian Survey 1 February 2017; 57 (1): 199–205. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.1.199
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