Brunei, Southeast Asia
Political Leader: Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah
Religions: Islam 64.4%, Other 15.2%, Christianity 11.3%, Buddhism 9.1%
Persecution Ranking: 29
Number of Terrorist Groups: None Listed
Acts of Terrorism: Not Listed; Casualties: Not Listed
Percent of Corruption: Insufficient Data to Rank
% of People in Poverty: Not Ranked
Brunei Darussalam, officially the State of Brunei, Abode of Peace, is a country located on the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. Brunei, the remnant of a very powerful sultanate, regained its independence from the United Kingdom in January 1984. Brunei consists of two unconnected parts. 97% of the population lives in the larger western part, while only about 10,000 live in the mountainous eastern part (the district of Temburong).
There is a low threat from terrorism in Brunei, according to England’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Brunei took part in regional anti-terror exercise with navies from other nations in the region from August 15 to 21, 2008, Borneo Bulletin reported.
In January 2004, Brunei supported two international resolutions to fight against terrorism, namely the Agreement on Information Exchange and the Establishment of Communication Procedures and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. In February 2005, Brunei and Australia signed a counter-terrorism pact. Under the agreement, officials from Australia and Brunei agreed to cooperate on security, finance, law enforcement and defense issues as well as customs, immigration and transport concerns.
Brunei is 64.4% Muslim, while Christians make up 11.3 of the population.
Challenges for Christians:
Brunei is ranked No. 29 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2008 World Watch List. Islam is the state religion and gradually restrictions on Christians are increasing.
- Pray for the Brunei government to continue its support to fight against terrorism.
- Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah runs the country and he’s one of the richest men in the world, while his family and friends are the most powerful people in the country. Pray that one of them would become a Christian.
- Muslims aim for Brunei to be a “pure” Islamic state by 2020―and offer incentives like jobs and houses to spread Islam. Pray for Muslims in Brunei to meet Jesus and follow Him.
- Proselytizing by faiths other than the officially sanctioned branch of Islam is not permitted. There are no missionaries reported working in the country. Pray for religious freedom in Brunei.
Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors, Sydney Morning Herald, England’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Borneo Bulletin