Thursday, 25 February 2010

An un-fun morning

I don't know if there actually is such a thing as unemployment benefits in Brunei, anybody knows?
It is kind of hard to believe there is though, after you have had the pleasure of a morning at any government building here, like the 'Imigrasi' f.e - the Immigration Department. I had to go there yesterday to sort out the kids' student passes, and apparently I was lucky as it only took me about 20 minutes! It could be a lot longer if you were coming on a bad day.

Being there makes you question if anyone in Brunei is actually unemployed, because it seems like they have at least four or five people doing one persons job!

First you had to go and ask for a number. Yes, from a machine, but you are not taking it yourself - there is a nice lady who pushes the button, takes the number and gives it to you... Then you wait.

After your number is called you'll go and see one of the officers, who looks at your papers, stamps a little bit here and there and sends you two desks down to see another lady. She then looks at your papers, stamps a bit more on the papers and in the passports - and sends you back to see one of the officers again. Finally he then signs the papers, stamps a bit again, and you're done!
-"Finish, lah!"
You really have no idea what's going on, just go where they point you to, ha ha, and hope that it won't take all day...

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