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More interesting facts on Brunei
- according to Brunei folklore Nakhoda Manis disrespected his mother, which caused a storm to sink his ship in the Brunei River, transforming the ship into the rock known as Jong Batu?
- a new free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore will come into effect on 1 January 2006?
- the first coinage used in Brunei were Chinese coins (example pictured), which were referred to as the pitis?
- the island of Tanjong Pelumpong in Brunei was created when a ten meter deep channel was cut through the spit to provide access to Muara Port?
- there are two radio stations in Brunei that broadcast partially in Gurkhali for the Nepalese speakers of the First Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles stationed in Brunei?
- the port of Kuala Belait, one of the two ports in Brunei, is located in Kampong Sungai Duhon?
- a historic Water Village built on stilts above a river is home to ten percent of the population of the country of Brunei?
- a subsidiary of Royal Brunei Airlines operates restaurants in Brunei including two halal Chinese restaurants?
- Kampong Sungai Teraban in Brunei was settled by a group of Malay fishermen who moved across the Belait River after a falling out with the inhabitants of Kuala Belait?
- taxis in Brunei have license plates with white letters on a green background to distinguish them from private vehicles?
- Mulaut Abattoir provides Islamic-sanctioned slaughtering facilities to local Bruneian farmers and butchers?
- Rasau Field, one of the two onshore oil fields of Brunei, was discovered in 1979 but oil production only started in 1983?
- Sungai Tujoh is the westernmost point of Brunei and is one of the four land crossing points into the Malaysian state of Sarawak from Brunei?
- New Zealand currently has free trade agreements with Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Chile and China?
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