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WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE: Brunei bans citizens from celebrating Xmas

  • Ban issued after local children seen in clothes ‘that resemble Santa Claus’
  • Oil-rich nation’s population is made up of around 20 per cent non-muslims
  • In April, Brunei shocked world by introducing harsh sharia penal code
  • Under the code limbs can be severed for theft and people stoned to death

Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray, its officials announced today.

In a country that last year controversially instituted tough Islamic sharia penalties – such as the severing of limbs – a ban relating to all Christmas references was issued following the holiday on December 25.

The tough restriction was put in place after children and adults were seen wearing clothes ‘that resemble Santa Claus’ – thereby promoting a religion other than Islam.


In April, Brunei was condemned after announcing the introduction of a penal code that will eventually include penalties such as the severing of limbs and death by stoning.

The tiny state on the island of Borneo is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and relies on oil and gas exports for its prosperity.

Around 20 per cent of Brunei’s residents are non-Muslim, including substantial Buddhist and Christian communities.

A spokesman declined to comment directly on the Christmas ban, but referred to a December 27 statement in which the religious affairs ministry said the act of


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