Written by: Susanna Sunarno
This evening, the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Jakarta, Indonesia held a reception to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the country.
To my surprise, the traditional dances of Brunei are so similar to the traditional dances of Malay people in Sumatera – especially in the Riau Archipelago. The traditional dances and costumes reflect the fact that the cultural bonds between Brunei and Sumatera have always been very close for a very long time. Not to mention that Brunei has Bahasa Melayu as their official language. And the colloquial dialect sounds closer to Bahasa Indonesia or Melayu Sumatera rather than to Malaysian. Nevertheless, in Brunei, as a former British colony, English is widely spoken, especially for business.
The brotherhood and collaboration between the people of Brunei and Indonesia continue to flourish from year to year. “On January 12, 2007, the heads of Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia officially endorsed the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative. A declaration on the initiative to work together to protect the unique rainforests of Borneo and was signed in Bali,” as noted in the Business Guide Brunei Darussalam.
We do really hope our brotherly friendship blossom though times…..