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US TV host Jay Leno latest to shun Brunei-owned hotels

Published on May 6, 2014 8:59 AM
TV personality Jay Leno (centre) attends a rally protesting against Brunei's new strict sharia law penal code outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, in Beverly Hills, California on May 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US television star Jay Leno on Monday joined a growing list of celebrities vowing to boycott a luxury hotel chain linked to Brunei's sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country.

Brunei's all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced last Wednesday that he would push ahead with the sharia law that will eventually include tough penalties such as death by stoning.

Former late-night talk show host Leno, speaking at a small protest outside the sultan-owned Beverly Hills Hotel, said: "What is this, Berlin, 1933? This doesn't seem far off what happened in the Holocaust.

"Come on people, it's 2014. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing."

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