Well that’s the impression I got from my three days in Brunei. Bruneians generally aren’t very chatty; they won’t make the first move to talk to you, but Malaysians/Singaporeans aren’t any different right (though the former is slightly warmer). And I did find that Bruneians are generally pleasant, well-mannered and helpful when approached. Malaysians/Singaporeans…let’s just say that we’re a lot more ‘diverse’ in the way we treat others.
And oh, if you think three days isn’t enough to judge a people, you should know that Brunei is a very small country and I’ve had a shit-filled trip in Kuala Lumpur for four days in a row.
And if you’re Malaysian, don’t get all defensive – I’m from the same country as you. We know how rude and obnoxious we can be and we openly proclaim it. Ironically we don’t like other countries proclaiming what we ourselves proclaim, but when they do, it only shows how right we are.
If you’re Singaporean, do as I said to the hypothetical Malaysian. You bash us, we bash you. In the end we still make up and get married.
He’s a taxi driver who picks people up from the airport, and he was the first Bruneian whom I talked to on arrival. Taxis are cutthroat expensive there, so I wouldn’t have met him were it not for the public buses which never seemed to appear. It’s takdir, as they call fate in Malay.