Bruneian Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Due to religious reasons, gambling is illegal in Brunei. Islam prohibits its followers from taking part in any form of gambling, and it is the official religion of the country. The sultan is the head of religion in Brunei.
Facts About Brunei
Brunei, also known as Brunei Darussalam, is located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. It formerly belonged to the United Kingdom, but it regained its independence in 1984.
Brunei is divided into four districts. They are:
Brunei is comprised of two unconnected parts, with 97% of the population living in the western section. The total population of Brunei is about 383,000, with the capital city being Bandar Seri Begawan. Major towns include: Muara, Seria and Kuala Belait.
Two-thirds of the population are of Malay origin, and the official languages of the country are Malay and English. Chinese is also widely spoken.
While Islam is the dominant religion, Buddhism and Christianity are also practiced.
Once a powerful nation, the Bruneian Empire began to decline in the nineteenth century following the loss of much of their land to the White Rajahs of Sarawak. Brunei then became a British protectorate from 1888 to 1984.
The media rarely criticizes the government or monarchy. For this reason, international organizations have labeled Brunei with “Not Free” status.
It is illegal to sell or consume alcohol in public. Prohibition was introduced in the early 90s, and all pubs and nightclubs have been forced to close.
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