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Brunei, officially the State of Brunei Darussalam, is an oil-rich sovereign state in Southeast Asia, with 5th highest GDP per capita in the world. Formerly a British protectorate, in 1963 Brunei defied expectations and declined to join the federation of states which became Malaysia - a pivotal turning point in Brunei's history which set the course for its future development. In this book, Isa Bin Ibrahim - a key player in the Sultan of Brunei's delegation - provides an insider's account of the 1963 negotiations and deliberations. He sheds new light on Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III's relations with Tunku Abdul Rahman and explains why the British were so keen for Brunei to become part of the proposed federation, intending to create a counter-balance for Chinese power in the region. Through the author's unique eyewitness perspective, the true story behind Brunei's determination to retain its territorial integrity as a sovereign state is revealed for the first time.
About the Author
Isa Bin Ibrahim was Secretary to the Brunei Delegation at the negotiations on the proposed Federation with Malaysia. He had a distinguished career in the Brunei Government Service, holding several key offices including Deputy Attorney General, Deputy Chief Minister, Special Adviser to the Sultan, General Adviser to the Sultan, Minister for Home Affairs and Speaker of the Legislative Council. A qualified barrister, he was educated at Southampton University and is an Honorary member of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Table of Contents
1. The Sultan of Brunei's Initial Reaction to Tunku Abdul Rahman's Malaysia Plan
2. Brunei's Relations with Britain - Had it Joined the Federation
3. Why Britain Wanted Brunei to Join the Federation
4. Brunei's Representation in the Federal Parliament and Related Constitutional Issues
5. Malaysia Talks: Brunei's Stand of Finance and Revenues from Oil
6. The Sultan of Brunei's Attitude regarding the Office of Yang di-Pertuan Agong
7. Brunei's Reservations on other Important Matters
8. Kuala Lumpur's Final Terms
9. The Final Meeting in London
Personal Encounters with Tunku Abdul Rahman