Brunei expats happiest in the region, according to survey jointly conducted by AmCham and the US Chamber of commerce. In the chamber’s 2013/2014 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey on Brunei, the sultanate scored 100 per cent satisfaction marks in a survey of 475 senior executives working for US companies operating in ASEAN countries.
Brunei was the only country in the region to score the full 100 marks for expat satisfaction, with Malaysia falling behind at 94 per cent.
However, AmCham president and chief executive officer of Citibank Sanjeev Nanavati told reporters during the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit this week that the sample size of respondents for Brunei is quite small. The survey does not indicate how many respondents were taken from Brunei.
The survey also revealed 55 per cent of respondents indicate that the expatriate employees attempt to extend their time in the sultanate.
It is only in recent years that foreigners have been able to invest in land and property in Brunei and it is still very much in the early days of welcoming foreign investment. Previously buyers could only lease land unless they had written permission from the Head of State, which was almost impossible to get.
In 2010 survey conducted by HSBC Bank, Expatriates working in Malaysia are among the lowest paid compared with regional peers, but lead more luxuriant lives than them, a HSBC Bank survey showed.