Sultan Pulalun to explore business ties with Brunei Sultan Bolkiahtext & photo HADER GLANGSultan of Sulu and North Borneo Sharif Mohammad Pulalun has bared his plan to visit Brunei Darussalam to explore the possibility to establish trading or joint venture with his majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
Sultan Pulalun said his advance party tasked to formulate business proposals for the second visit is still in the planning stage. The Sultanate of Brunei recognizes Sharif Pulalun as the true and real descendant of Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo.
“Sulu and Brunei have been the majestic trading countries before. So it’s high time that we open again the door (business) for the betterment of our country, especially Mindanao,” he told local reporters.
“We are not taking any commitment blatantly now…the bottom line is, we are looking at the possibility that the business must go on because through this that the ties between Sulu and Brunei will have a good continuance.”
Sultan Pulalun also expressed confidence that his upcoming visit to Brunei will boost a symbiotic relationship between him and Sultan Bolkiah.“I’m hopeful that he (Sultan Bolkiah) will help the Sultanate of Sulu in terms of business and jobs for our people.”
Historically, on year 1658: The Sultan of Sulu was given the North East Coast of Borneo by the Sultan of Brunei in return for his help in settling a civil war dispute. Al-Marhum Sultan Mohammad Pulalun was the Sultan then by birthright since 1830 until his death in 1941.(ZS)