Brunei: No more churches allowed in accordance with a new controversial law

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Under Brunei’s controversial Hudud law, no more churches are allowed to be built by the government. Reports are that Christians living in Brunei feel the brunt of the divisive law. In line with reports, there are three large churches in Brunei, whereas no new churches will be allowed to operate apart from these the old ones.

Hudud law in Brunei

An international news wire reported that a Christian couple disclosed that there are three main churches namely Saint Andrew’s (Anglican), Saint George’s (Catholic) and Saint John’s in Kuala Belait. “The government will no longer issue new permits for the construction of churches but the ones completed earlier can still be retained,” the couple is quoted.

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The elderly couple revealed that the church they attend is not an independent church building; but a shophouse-type meeting hall. They told that these meeting halls are allowed by the government yet these halls cannot be modified into full-fledged churches. In plain words there are only three independent churches only.

In the pretext of the Hudud law, Brunei is the first Asian country to implement the highly controversial law. Under this law, all Bruneians, including the non-Muslims citizens have to regulate their lives in compliance with the lifestyle of the majority Muslims.

Ensuing a tighter noose, the non-Muslims are not allowed to eat freely during the fasting month. The enforcement personnel have been send out to arrest anyone even tourists who are found eating in public during fasting hours.