Time and the River: Brunei Darussalam 1947 - 2000

Time and the River Brunei Darussalam With the same nostalgic resonance consistent throughout the book takes you through the shifting sands of time including the birth of his people and his own childhood on the river the instrumental ro

  • Title: Time and the River: Brunei Darussalam 1947 - 2000
  • Author: Mohamed Bolkiah
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With the same nostalgic resonance consistent throughout, the book takes you through the shifting sands of time including the birth of his people and his own childhood on the river, the instrumental role his father, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, played in maintaining Brunei s independence, and his own entry into the life of officialdom in the Government, steering the counWith the same nostalgic resonance consistent throughout, the book takes you through the shifting sands of time including the birth of his people and his own childhood on the river, the instrumental role his father, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, played in maintaining Brunei s independence, and his own entry into the life of officialdom in the Government, steering the country by his brother s side to where she is today In recounting history, the gritty bits are not sidestepped He talks about Brunei s dilemma in the tug of war between the Malaysian Federation and the fight to keep together as a nation, the rebellion in 1962 involving a terrifying midnight siege on the Istana and the 1963 Konfrontasi inspired by communist extremists The description of the devastation of the world wars and their global effects are atmospheric first, World War II, and then the Cold War which was the casus belli of the turmoil and unstable conditions in South East Asia What makes his side of the story interesting is that he, being in Foreign Affairs and then a Minister, was in the thick of it at the time Although the book consigns a lot of chapters to political history, Time and the River is no didactic political tome Instead, it is a simple book, a sweet as one reader comments collection of reminiscences and introspective musings taken from the colourful journey of a Prince s life Of course, there are the fun sections too that tell of carefree days at Sandhurst, UK, when he was a longhaired teen in the Swinging Sixties You can almost hear the rock and roll in the background as he takes you through the fashion and the fast cars of Carnaby Street Time and the River is no plodder Flowing like the current of the river from whence its inspiration was drawn, the prose moves with a pace described by another reader as, a page turner Helena Hon, Brunei Press

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    1. BruneiAssociation-A Part of the World No Longer Apart"Study the past if you would define the future.""The Zopfan declaration: That Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are determined to exert initially necessary efforts to secure the recognition of, and respect for South East Asia.""The existing special treaty relations between The United Kingdom and the state if Brunei, which are inconsistent with full international responsibility as a sovereign and independent state, sh [...]

    2. A combination memoir and 20th-century history of Brunei, written by the Sultan's brother, who is also Brunei's Foreign Minister. ( says his full name is Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, but he just goes by the last two.) Bolkiah's pride in his country is obvious and I learned a lot about Brunei from the book, when I had known little before -- just that it was tiny, it had oil wealth and it was ruled by a sultan. He [...]

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