Tuesday, May 13, 2014
MAY 13 THE SULTAN OF BRUNEI IS INSANE
It was an incredulous scene over the weekend at the BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL. The rich and famous left their mansions and came to protest. First, Jay Leno showed up with the bullhorn. Then, Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Osborne arrived with angry picket signs. Next...around noon...the CEO's showed up with food. Virgin boss Richard Branson brought coffee and Dreamworks head Jeffrey Katzenberg got donuts.
OKAY...we might have stretched the truth a little...but the anger is real. See, the famed BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL has just been purchased by Dorchester Group. This multinational chain is owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the evil Sultan of Brunei. Why are Hollywood celebs so mad at him? Let's examine his three most audacious actions:
SHARIA LAW. There are many versions of Sharia Law around the world, and very few have anything to do with the Koran. In Brunei, it's a three-stage process. On May First, all unmarried...yet pregnant...women were jailed. The second phase begins in December. Crimes like theft and robbery will be punished by flogging and severing of the limbs. Finally...at the end of 2015...Sodomy and Adultery will become capital offenses. (Death by stoning). Since independence in 1980, it has always been illegal to say anything remotely negative about the Royal family.
HIS MATERIALISM. With vast petroleum reserves in a country the size of Delaware, the money pours into tiny Brunei. Forbes ranks it as the 4th wealthiest nation (per capita). But it comes with a twist: “With their money, they could have cured diseases." reported the magazine. "But they have little interest in the rest of humanity.” Here are some of the Sultan's prize possessions, according to the New York Post: He has the world's largest car collection, with some 9,000 cars (including two custom-made Mercedes-Benz firetrucks). He owns 150 homes in 12 countries and has 17 private airplanes to reach them. With 1,800 rooms, his palace, the Istana Nurul Iman, is the largest private building on earth.