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Indian Community in Brunei

The discovery of oil in Brunei in 1929 brought a significant number of Indians into Brunei in the oil sector and allied services and later as teachers and doctors. Shri Mohinder Singh, an NRI and later a Bruneian citizen, was the first recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) 2010 in acknowledgment of his outstanding achievements in the field of community service. Mr. Nazeer Zakaria, a prominent Indian businessman in Brunei, was the second recipient of the PBSA in 2016.

Currently, there are approximately 7500 Indians living in Brunei.  More than half of the Indian expatriates are semi and unskilled workers, who work in construction, retail businesses, etc. A substantial number of the doctors in Brunei are from India. Other professionals include engineers, IT professionals,  teachers etc. Indian businessmen represent a healthy share of the Bruneian textiles market.

There are five major Indian Associations, in Brunei viz. Bandar Seri Begawan Indian Association (BSBIA); Malayali Association (MA);  Indian Association Belait (IAB); Sikh Association; and Telugu Association: The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Brunei India Friendship Association are also registered entities. The Indian Associations celebrate the Indian Festivals viz: Diwali, Pongal, Onam as well as Independence Day and Republic Day.

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December 2021.