Our Silence Does Not Mean You Can Speak for Us

Voice of Brunei Darussalam
Post Reply
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:50 am

Our Silence Does Not Mean You Can Speak for Us

Post by SilentMajority » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:56 am

An interesting tidbit from the uproar surrounding the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code (SPC) on 3 April is that many from the Bruneian LGBT community and the general populace first found out about it through the anger emitted from international news outlets.

Locally, if you scrolled through the few news sites too casually, you might miss the one article each outlet put out to report the announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office. There is no mention of “LGBT” or really much of anything about what the penal code will encompass in any off the local news coverage, and local attention has focused on the backlash regarding LGBT rights.

Suddenly in the spotlight

It’s probably not a surprise that the response was first shock at the attention, then defensiveness against the kind of attention we were getting. It’s an odd experience to see your country—usually rarely on the international media’s radar—suddenly condemned by the world, before you’ve even fully understood why.

Brunei is a tiny country in Southeast Asia, ruled by Sultan Hassanah Bolkiah. There are no elections. While the royal family has been able to provide its citizens with numerous services such as free healthcare and education, affordable national housing and subsidies for fuel and foodstuffs, it’s difficult for Bruneians to participate in advocacy and activism. A combination of fear and comfort have dissuaded most from being too outspoken about national issues. These are the realities within the country. Ordinary Bruneians have had basically no say about the implementation of the SPC.

https://newnaratif.com/journalism/our-s ... h0i94bik9E

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest