Brunei fares well in regional survey
| Azlan Othman |
BRUNEI Darussalam fared better in terms of political stability after Singapore and came in third behind Singapore and Thailand in infrastructure and quality of life in Asean.
This was revealed by the Public Policy for the Asean Affairs Research Centre at Abac Poll of Assumption University Thailand who interviewed expatriates travelling to countries in the region.
The survey compared Asean states in terms of attractiveness as an investment destination this year. A total of 958 expatriates were questioned from December 10, 2012 to January 8, 2013. They had a certain level of understanding on the situations in at least five Asean member nations.
When questioned on countries that enjoyed political stability, 27.3 per cent said Singapore while Brunei took second place with 18.4 per cent. On the issue of infrastructure quality, Singapore topped the list with 37.7 per cent followed by Thailand (20 per cent) and Brunei (11.8 per cent).
Singapore also topped the survey in providing a good quality of life for its people with 30.6 per cent followed by Thailand (19.9 per cent) and Brunei (11.4 per cent).
However, Brunei does not fare well in terms of convenience in accessing various necessities and raw materials for investment. Thailand led the survey in this field supported by 24.4 per cent of the respondents, said Puntrik Issarangkul Na Ayutthaya, the research centre’s Assistant Director. Indonesia came in second, with 14.1 per cent followed by Myanmar (10.2 per cent), Vietnam (10.1 per cent), the Philippines (9.5 per cent), Cambodia (7.9 per cent), Malaysia (7.0 per cent), Laos (6.6 per cent), Singapore (5.8 per cent) and Brunei (4.4 per cent).