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Ambuyat. Brunei’s proud national dish. Derived from the interior trunk of the sago palm tree, ambuyat consists of a mix of starchy, solid whites (similar to tapioca starch) and water. Served sticky with a dip called cacah.
Brunei’s population is predominantly Sunni Muslim, although the Chinese usually follow Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, or Christianity. Some of the indigenous peoples are Christian, while others follow their own local religions.
Brunei does not currently levy any income tax on individuals and there is no sales tax or value added tax (VAT). – There are no social security taxes in Brunei. However, all citizens must contribute 5% of their salary to a state-managed provident fund. Properties under commercial use are subjected to property tax.
The House of Bolkiah is the ruling royal family of Brunei Darussalam. It is composed of the descendants of the 1st sultan Sultan Muhammad Shah and his family. The Sultan of Brunei is the head of state and absolute monarch of Brunei.
There are a number of languages spoken in Brunei.The official language of the state of Brunei is Standard Malay, the same Malaccan dialect that is the basis for the standards in Malaysia and Indonesia.This came into force on 29 September 1959, with the signing of Brunei 1959 Constitution.