Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Tweeting Turkish minister debunks gold-plated plane rumours

Apparently, the Sultan of Brunei's wealth increases by around 90 Euros per second. That translates to 324,000 Euros every hour and ... well, that's when my maths breaks down. But whichever way you cut it, the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is a very rich man. So it's not surprising to hear rumours of excess, especially about the Sultan's well-documented obsession with gold.

Gold spoons, gold palaces, gold-embroidered jackets, gold collars for his cocker spaniels. But one thing is clear, thanks to Turkey's EU Minister Egemen Bağış: the Sultan's private plane is "humble and modest", with a distinct lack of gold-plated items.

Tweeting from inside the luxury jet today, Bağış gave a brief insight into one of the world's most wealthiest men.

“We came to Ankara by the plane of the Bruneian sultan. The plane is not luxurious as the press mentioned. Actually, the sultan is a modest person," Bağış wrote on his official Twitter account.

"I did not see any gold or gold-plated objects in the plane. There are just a few accessories colored golden. The sultan and his stuff are religious and humble,” Bağış said.

 Turkey and Brunei signed agreements to lift visa procedures during the Sultan's visit to Ankara yesterday. The lifting of restrictions means is part of measures to more easily allow foreigners to buy property in Turkey.

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