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Brunei sultan calls for ‘stronger’ Islamic teachings, as sharia laws due to enter force

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Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah leaves after speaking at an event in Bandar Seri Begawan on Wednesday. Brunei Out/ AFP

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei’s sultan called for “stronger” Islamic teachings in the country on Wednesday as tough new sharia laws.

"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger," all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a public address near the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. 

The sultan, who has been on the throne of the oil-rich nation on Borneo island for 51 years, also said that Brunei was “fair and happy,” in the face of growing global criticism about the new punishments.

“Anyone who comes to visit this country will have a sweet experience, and enjoy the safe and harmonious environment,” the sultan told an audience in a convention centre, in an address to mark a special date in the Islamic calendar.

Agence France-Presse