05 February 2011


This is the headline from the front page of the Media Permata of 5 February:It says "Women today can play an important role for the country", and it is summarising a recent speech by the Queen.

It is rather surprising that this could be the topic of a speech. In most places, the contribution of women towards the country is assumed, so there would be no point in talking about it in a speech. But the fact that it is worth discussing and moreover making into the headline on the front page of the national newspaper is a reflection of the conservative nature of Brunei society.