By Virginia Matheson Hooker

ISBN-10: 1864489553

ISBN-13: 9781864489552

In practise for a visit to Malaysia, this helped me comprehend the heritage and present outlook and matters. not likely a enjoyable learn, however it appears to be like well-written and helpful to realizing the rustic. yet i am not a professional.

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It must necessarily be selective and it is important to recognise this and to look for what has not been included. We have noted already that the official history does not include consideration of the processes of change because its purpose is to emphasise achievements and the formation of Malaysia in its present form. This focus on the formation of the nation state has a number of consequences for the presentation of Malaysian history: first, it tilts the balance towards the more recent history of the 19th and 20th centuries; second, it favours urban events rather than developments outside major centres; and third, it emphasises the activities of Malays rather than non-Malays (although this imbalance is being partially redressed in the most recent versions of national history).

Rehman Rashid1 The ‘official’ version of Malaysia’s history can be deepened and expanded through five broad themes. These are: • the influence of terrain, climate and environment on lifestyles and occupations • the character of indigenous social and religious systems • the strategic position of Malaysia • concepts of power • Malay political culture (traditional Malay statecraft). These themes are ongoing features in Malaysia’s past and future. 58587 History Malaysia F2 8/27/03 5:54 PM Page 14 A Short History of Malaysia the way they interact with each other.

The reconstructed routes link up points on both sides of the Peninsula, as well as running north–south almost the entire length of the Peninsula. This complex series of coastal–interior routes seems to have linked the sea-going Austronesian traders working their way round the coasts with the peoples skilled at collecting forest products and finding gold in the difficult inland terrain, peoples who were probably the ancestors of the present-day populations of Orang Asli. Tin and Indian beads: the Klang valley sites (Selangor) Fairly rich archaeological evidence, dated between 500–200 BCE, has been discovered at sites in a riverine area of the west coast of the Peninsula, near the modern city of Klang (See map 1, page xv).

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