ZHAO SHENGNAN

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - BRUNEI JOUR­NAL

about fo­cus­ing solely on profit mar­gins, given that the af­flu­ent coun­try of­fers free med­i­cal care and ed­u­ca­tion through the univer­sity level.

Even the McDon­ald’s fast­food restau­rant, the only one in Brunei, had a leisurely pace. It took about 15 min­utes to get a ham­burger.

How­ever, the longer I stayed in Brunei, the more I ap­pre­ci­ated the less-then-fren­zied ap­proach.

I was an­noyed at first that ev­ery bus I planned to take ap­peared only about once an hour. Then it took another 45 min­utes to fin­ish the trip, which would have taken only 15 min­utes by car.

But dur­ing the jour­ney, the minibus driver brought al­most ev­ery­one to their front door, just like a taxi, which meant that this cheap­est form of trans­porta­tion, cost­ing B$1 (80 US cents), had to take many de­tours.

The ticket seller also re­mem­bered ev­ery pas­sen­ger’s desti­na­tion and re­minded his pas­sen­gers — mainly tourists and mi­grant work­ers — to get off in time. It may have been slow, but it was cour­te­ous and ef­fi­cient.

“The bus is time-con­sum­ing but sweet,” said Jones Mensah, a Ghana­ian study­ing eco­nom­ics at the Univer­sity of Brunei Darus­salam.

“I like Brunei, but I won’t work here af­ter grad­u­a­tion. I am young and I want to go out, and ven­ture into the world first,” the PhD stu­dent said.

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