Well that’s what one Singaporean lady told me when i was queueing at Burger King for my lunch. I was actually at Singapore Expo that particular day and since it was lunch hour, i thought of giving Burger King a try since they do serve pork compared to Malaysia.
So as i was lining up, i took my wallet off to reach for a ten dollar bill. I was scanning through the notes until i came to an orangish, yellowish bill. As i pulled it out my eyes grew larger and larger till it clearly showed …
“$10 – Sepuluh Ringgit Negara Brunei”
I was like goodness gracious, where’s the 10 dollar Sing that was suppose to be there.
My reaction was so noticable that a lady on the next queue patted my shoulder and said not to worry, the value is the same as Singaporean Dollar.
I sighed in relief and said, “Really ? That was a close call.”
Then i was given a brief history lesson about currencies by this lady
Once upon a time, when your parents were still in their teens …. (ok i made that up). Many decades ago, when Malaysia was just formed, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore had this agreement that their currencies can be used in each other’s country. Malaysian Ringgit had the same value as Singaporean Dollar and so with Brunei’s currency.
OOooooo, i didn’t know that.
Yeap but later on the value of the Ringgit dropped and the agreement was void or something like that. But as for Brunei and Singapore, we still do practise this especially in bigger shops. I am not sure if Sundry shops would accept.
To be frank, i never knew about this till this lady explained. When i was back at home, i told my parents about it since they have been going to Singapore quite often and they thought i knew about this I have been going to Singapore as often as going to KL in my younger years, simply because most of my aunts and uncle are residing there. But this incident never came across me at any point of time.
I guess I learned more when i have to fork out my own money rather then relying on FAMA (Father’s And Mother’s Account)
So to those out there, who didn’t know about this …. well now you know