What is the profile of your customers?
They are mainly business people. They usually work in the oil industry.
Shell bosses in other words. There are also a number of restaurant
owners among the customers. These are mostly Brunei citizens of
How high is the import tax?
It depends on the engine capacity. At 2000 cc you pay 20% import
tax. An additional 25% will be added above 3000 cc. And for a diesel
version you also pay an extra 5%.
The obvious question: does the Sultan also drive a Porsche?
Oh, the Sultan has many Porsches. He probably has the most impres-
sive collection of cars in the world with more than 7,000 cars. I do not
know how many Porsches are included in that, but there will be quite
a lot. His cars are set up in large warehouses. Each brand of car has a
Does he buy his Porsches from you?
Some he does, but because he prefers very exclusive models he often
buys them from London or directly in Germany. I know that Prince Jefri
has just recently bought a white GT3 RS.
Had Prince Jefri not nearly become persona non-grata at the court
following a number of scandals?
It is true that there have been some rumblings within the Royal Family,
but in the meantime the Sultan has reconciled himself with his younger
brother and since 2006 Prince Jefri has been living in Brunei again.
How do the people view the Sultan?
Sultan Hassanal Bolkia is very popular. Almost everyone respects him.
The Sultan allows everyone to benefit from the wealth of the country
and that is appreciated. There is free education, healthcare, a good
infrastructure, etc. Moreover, he is a lovable man. He shows himself
regularly in public and likes to have a chat. Every year at the end of
Ramadan, anyone who wants to visit him can do so. The palace is open
to the public for three days at that time. The Sultan receives every
visitor personally. He shakes the hand of 40,000 subjects per day on
Have you ever met the Sultan yourself?
I have seen the Sultan once. Of course, he never comes here for service
appointments. He owns a whole army of technicians and mechanics
who know perfectly well how to take care of the many expensive and
exclusive cars. But I do know that he likes to drive himself and that he
does it regularly.
Is there a speed limit in Brunei?
Yes, speed is strictly regulated. In
dry weather you can drive at a maxi-
mum of 100 kilometres per hour,
when it rains only at 80 kilometres
per hour. But to be honest: eve-
ryone drives faster. However, there
is a strict points system for fines.
Recently, speed cameras have even
It is a question that has been burn-
ing on our lips for a while: how
much does a litre of petrol cost?
At least twice as much as a litre of
water. (laughs heartily)
Petrol Premium 97 costs 33 euro-
cents per litre, petrol Premium 92
is 32 eurocents per litre and diesel
is 20 eurocents per litre.
That is something we can only
dream of. A final question: why
should visitors come to Brunei?
Come to Brunei for the whole pic-
ture: the nature, the culture and the
friendly people. Brunei is undoub-
tedly one of the greenest, most
pristine areas in the world. Visit the
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
and sleep in the magnificent Empire
Hotel where you can swim, play
golf, play bowls and enjoy the fabu-
lous sunset! Make sure you visit
the Brunei Museum and Kampong
Ayer, the largest water village in
the world. And a visit to the Shell
installations cannot be left out eit-
her. Then you will immediately see
where the wealth of Brunei comes
Clement, many thanks for all the