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Brunei bans Christmas: Sultan warns those celebrating could face up to five years in jail

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Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 12.16.22The punishment for celebrating Christmas is a fine of $20,000, up to five years in prison or both

Anyone found illegally celebrating Christmas in Brunei could face up to five years in prison, according to a reported declaration by the Sultan of the tiny oil-rich state.

Brunei introduced its ban on Christmas last year over fears that celebrating it “excessively and openly” could lead its Muslim population astray.

Christians and others can celebrate Christmas, but must do so in private and have to first alert the authorities.

Local Islamic religious leaders have promoted the ban, warning that adopting the trappings of Christmas is tantamount to imitation of another faith, prohibited in some interpretations of Islam. read more

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden audience with corrupt despot, the Sultan of Brunei

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden had “an audience” on Tuesday with the head of the corrupt, seedy Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei, who once accepted a $500,000 wedding gift (bribe) from Royal Dutch Shell.

In April he went ahead, despite international opposition, with his plans to introduce a tough Islamic penal code that under Sharia law will include amputations.

Shell has always been willing to deal with dictators including Adolf Hitler, Muammar Gaddafi and General Sani Abacha. Profits first, ethics last. Shell remains willing to deal with the devil. read more

International outcry as Brunei introduces sharia law and takes country back to the dark ages

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 00.27.28Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, runs two major operations in Brunei as a joint venture with the Brunei government. A spokesman, Jonathan French, said the company would not comment on the possible impact on its employees.

Extracts from an article by Andrew Buncombe published 30 April 2014 by The Independent

The Sultan of Brunei, an absolute monarch who pays for a garrison of British troops to be stationed is his oil rich nation, will on Thursday dismiss the concerns of human rights campaigners and start imposing sharia law. Many of the laws, which include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death, will apply to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, runs two major operations in Brunei as a joint venture with the Brunei government. A spokesman, Jonathan French, said the company would not comment on the possible impact on its employees. read more

Concern as Brunei brings in Islamic law with punishments including dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 13.14.58Extracts from an article by Andrew Buncombe published 29 March 2014 by The Independent under the headline: Concern as Brunei brings in system of Islamic law with punishments that include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death

The Sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest rulers and a close ally of Britain, will this week oversee his country’s transition to a system of Islamic law with punishments that include flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death. The speech by the Sultan – who for many years was involved in a high-profile legal battle with his brother, a playboy accused of misappropriating £9bn of government assets and who reportedly owned a yacht called Tits – has had the impact of silencing many who might publicly speak out against the move. Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, also runs a major operation there as a joint venture with the Brunei government. read more

CHRIS FINLAYSON AND THE ROYAL DUTCH SHELL RESERVES SCANDAL

“With regards to the reserves fraud, Mr Finlayson was either part of the cover-up, or negligent in his fiduciary duties as a senior Shell executive, supposedly protecting the interests of investors”; “That should be of great concern to investors in BG Group. Surely the company could have found a new CEO untainted by scandal?”

John Donovan

In January 2004 news broke about the Shell reserves fraud. These examples from hundreds of news reports speak for themselves:

Daily Telegraph: Shell drops ‘bombshell’ on reserves: 9 Jan 2004
The Times: How Shell blew a hole in a 100-year reputation: 10 Jan 2004
The West Australian: Investors howl for Shell’s blood: 12 Jan 2004

Shell executives, led by then chairman Sir Philip Watts, who has recently repented by becoming the Rev. Sir Philip Watts, admitted they had repeatedly lied to investors about the true level of Shell’s oil and gas reserves. Shell senior management had engaged in a massive cover-up to fool the market i.e. deceive its own shareholders. Shell admitted that it had misled investors. read more

Brunei Inks Production, Investment Pact With Royal Dutch Shell

The fruits of a $500,000 Brunei dollar wedding gift (bribe) given by Shell to the corrupt Brunei Royal Family…?

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 06:44
Borneo Bulletin

The Hague, Netherlands – The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Royal Dutch Shell Ltd (RDS) as the shareholders of Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) signed the production and investment agreement on Jan 23, 2012 at RDS headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

Signing on behalf of the Brunei Government was the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awg Hj Mohammad Yasmin bin Hj Umar, and for Royal Dutch Shell, Dato Seri Laila Jasa Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer and Ken Mamoch, BSP Managing Director. The agreement set out between the Brunei Government and Shell focuses on the mechanisms to support, sustain and increase the production of oil and gas by BSP. read more

Tainted ‘symbiotic partnership’ between Brunei regime and Shell

His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei meeting Malcolm (TFA) Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director, Upstream International.

By John Donovan

On Sunday 1 January, the Borneo Bulletin published a gushing article under the headline “Oil & Gas continues to shower Brunei with benefits, opportunities“.

It described a claimed lovefest relationship between Royal Dutch Shell and the Brunei Royal family, which the Sultan of Brunei has summed up as: “the extraordinary symbiotic partnership between the Sultanate and the global oil giant… Royal Dutch Shell… read more

Shell joint venture announces an important new oil discovery in deepwater Brunei

The deepwater drilling rig Noble Phoenix The deepwater drilling rig Noble Phoenix

14 March 2011

Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) announced today a significant new oil discovery in the coastal waters of the south-east Asian sultanate. The discovery, named Geronggong, is situated in the 3rd Offshore Acreage Area, approximately 100km offshore where water depth is approximately 1000m, the deepest water depth in which BSP has discovered hydrocarbons in Bruneian acreage.

BSP drilled the discovery utilizing the deepwater drilling rig Noble Phoenix. Prior to its arrival in Brunei, the drillship has undergone refurbishment and recertification on their thrusters, riser and blow out preventer (BOP) systems, leading to full compliance with the high standards of Shell’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) criteria for deepwater drilling. read more

Borneo Bulletin: Fraud probe at oil company

By Ignatius Stephen

Saturday 6 February 2010

In an effort to keep the country’s cooperate image clean the Brunei Anti Corruption Bureau has begun a series of massive fraud investigations against more than 10 senior oil company officials.

The amount probed, according to reliable sources, exceeds $5 million and both local and foreign employees are allegedly linked to what is quoted as “irregular material purchase procedures and related matters.”

The company Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) has already dismissed some of the officials after questioning while the affairs of others are still being looked into, informed sources said. Some of the others are under investigation, it is learnt. read more

Shell still supporting the Brunei Royal Family

Brunei Shell Refinery hosted a dinner on Saturday for His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Deputy Sultan at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its establishment.

Shell chips in with one of its regular cash gifts to buy influence in Brunei

Brunei Shell Petroleum has contributed $120,000...

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BRUNEI Shell Petroleum has installed one of the world’s most technologically advanced production platforms on the Champion West field to extract oil from one of the country’s largest undeveloped fields.”

Tuesday Sep 13, 2005

BRUNEI Shell Petroleum has installed one of the world’s most technologically advanced production platforms on the Champion West field to extract oil from one of the country’s largest undeveloped fields.

Shell will use smart field technology to exploit the oil reserves from Champion West and installed the platform last month. It is set to begin drilling complex production wells into the reservoir, including long horizontal wells that Shell is calling ‘snake wells’, in October. read more

Borneo Bulletin: Local graduates called on to join BSP, BLNG

Borneo Bulletin: Local graduates called on to join BSP, BLNG

“Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (BLNG) are inviting graduates who are citizens of Brunei Darussalam to join the companies.”

Wednesday 3 August 2005

By Helena M. Mahathir

Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (BLNG) are inviting graduates who are citizens of Brunei Darussalam to join the companies.

Meanwhile, a career roadshow will be held at the Chancellor Hall of University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) tomorrow (August 4) from 1pm to 4.30pm and on August 5 from 8.30am to 4.30pm. read more

FORBES: Shell jv Brunei Shell Petroleum makes new oil, gas discovery off Borneo

FORBES: Shell jv Brunei Shell Petroleum makes new oil, gas discovery off Borneo

Wednesday 3 August 2005

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (AFX) – Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), a joint venture between the Brunei government and the Royal Dutch Shell Group, said it has made a new oil and gas discovery in the Seria North Flank off Borneo island, the second successful find in nearly a year.

The discovery from a well drilled four kilometres offshore in nine metres of water further boosted prospects for the Seria North Flank, which is estimated to contain total recoverable reserves of up to 100 mln barrels of oil, the group said. read more

The Jakarta Post: Shell hopes Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia resolve maritime disputes soon

The Jakarta Post: Shell hopes Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia resolve maritime disputes soon

14 June 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP): Royal Dutch/Shell said on Tuesday it hopes territorial disputes over oil-rich maritime areas involving three Southeast Asian countries will be resolved quickly to enable exploration to go ahead.

“Our resources are there. The earlier the better but we do not want to interfere,” Dominique Gardy, Singapore-based chief executive officer with Shell exploration and production said on the sidelines of the Asia Oil and Gas conference.

“If and when the solution is in place, then we can develop there sources,” he told AFP. “We are just on standby waiting for a government-to-government decision.” read more

BruneiDirect.Com: Marine Cadet Does Country Proud

BruneiDirect.Com: Marine Cadet Does Country Proud

15 May 2005

By James Kon

Bandar Seri Begawan – Eleven Marine Cadet Officers received certificates of completion after a three year training course, while six new marine cadets signed contracts to join Brunei Shell Tanker Sdn Bhd during a convocation ceremony for the `Marine Cadet Officers Class of 2001′ and a contract signing ceremony for `Marine Cadet Intake 2005.’

The ceremony took place at the JPCC Royal Berkshire Hall on Friday. read more