Brunei Has Been Independent for Centuries
Brunei has been independent for centuries
JANUARY 18, 1958 – His Highness the Sultan explained the difference between a British Protectorate and a British Crown Colony to the people of Labu during a special visit he made there last Sunday.
“A British Colony,” said His Highness, “is a country which is controlled one hundred per cent by the British Officials and whose policies and laws are made by the British Government.
“Brunei is NOT a British Colony,” emphasised the Sultan. This country is your own country and I am your own Sultan and as such I am responsible for the country’s policies which concern the welfare and prosperity of the State.
“Those who assist with the administration of the country are my officials who are mostly local born. There are also British officials seconded from Sarawak and other places who, before being employed in Brunei, must obtain my sanction and the approval of the State Council and also the recommendation of the Public Service Committee.
“The British Government is our good friend, and this friend will always protect us from invasion from outside countries as well as advise us in the administration whenever such advice and assistance is required. The British Government i, in sending its officials to serve in Brunei, does not intend to gain advantage for its own ends, but to help us in running and developing the country. It is no necessary for me to expand on the great progress we have made since we became a firm friend of the British Government.
“The policy of the British Government is not to enslave the citizens of our country; on the other hand the British Government protects us so that we may always live in peace.”
The Sultan said that when the high posts in Government were vacated by the British Officers, well-educated, clever local citizens would fill them.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin 'Lest We Forget'