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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (C) and his wives Queen Saleha (L) and Queen Mariam (R) pray to mark the Sultan's 53rd birthday 15 July 1999 at the Istana Nurul Iman in Brunei Darussalam. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said his kingdom will push ahead with an ambitious plan to become a Southest Asian trade and service hub even as it reeled from economic contraction. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM:  Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (C) and his wives Queen Saleha (L) and Queen Mariam (R) pray to mark the Sultan's 53rd birthday 15 July 1999 at the Istana Nurul Iman in Brunei Darussalam. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said his kingdom will push ahead with an ambitious plan to become a Southest Asian trade and service hub even as it reeled from economic contraction.  AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)