No pomp and ceremony to welcome the Sultan at North Borneo (1934)

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The Sultan of Sulu at that time has lost much of his administrative influence in the Philippines and North Borneo as a result of American and British intervention. Although he still held influence in matters of religion, but many aspects of territorial matters, from economy to politics were handled by United States and Britain in both regions respectively. This newspaper article told of his dissatisfaction of not receiving proper treatment upon arriving at North Borneo. Perhaps, to sum up the story in the article, the North Borneo government were no longer formally recognise the Sultan’s rule despite paying the annual territorial lease to him.

Pengaruh pentadbiran Sultan Sulu pada masa itu di Filipina dan Borneo Utara telah banyak terhapus disebabkan campurtangan Amerika Syarikat dan Britain. Walaupun beliau masih memegang pengaruh dalam hal-hal keagamaan, namun pelbagai aspek berkaitan hal-hal kenegaraan, dari ekonomi hingga ke politik dikuasai oleh Amerika Syarikat dan Britain di kedua-dua wilayah tersebut. Petikan akhbar ini menceritakan ketidakpuasan beliau terhadap tindakan kerajaan Borneo Utara yang tidak memberikan layanan hormat yang sempurna semasa ketibaan beliau di wilayah tersebut. Mungkin apa yang boleh dirumuskan dari petikan akhbar ini, kerajaan Borneo Utara sudah tidak lagi mengiktiraf pemerintahan Sultan Sulu meskipun kerajaan wilayah itu masih membayar pajakan tahunan wilayah itu kepada beliau.

– Article source: Gettysburg Times, 26 May 1934

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