Happy 30th National Day!
Happy 30th National Day to everyone in Brunei. From the Sunday Herald of Scotland today on our 30th National Day by sheer coincidence, there is a letter to the editor entitled "If Brunei can do it, then so can Scots". Brunei is cited as an example that Scotland can emulate: +++++ If Brunei can do it, then so can Scots Sunday 23 February 2014 Thirty years ago, my wife and I had the privilege of attending the first National Day ceremonies of a small, oil-rich country, Brunei Darussalam, which had had full independence imposed upon it by the government of the United Kingdom six weeks earlier. Although not a democratic country, any reluctance to accept independence was pushed aside by the ruler, Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah, who adopted a positive approach which was embraced by a population determined to make a successful independent country. Since then Brunei Darussalam has played above its weight, building up its armed forces - notably its Clyde-built navy purchasing