Colonization of Malaya

Colonization of Malaya

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  • The British decided to come to Malaya in the late 1700s , they were under Francis Light.
  • When did the British come to Malaya? 
  • Why did the British come to Malaya?
  • They  were looking towards southeast asia for resources,they came to Malaya for pepper, tobacco, palm oil and mainly rubber.
  • British rule transformed Malaya economically and socially.
  • After some initial resistance in remote areas, British administration eventually achieved peace and security in Malaya.
  • Malaya became the world's largest exporter of rubber.
  • The British believed that the Malay needed to be protected from economic and cultural change, and that traditional class divisions should be maintained.Hence most economic development was left the the Chinese and Indian immigrants, as long as it served long term colonial interests.
  • Within a year after World War II, the loose administration of British Malaya was finally consolidated with the formation of the Malayan Union on 1 April 1946.  The new Union was greeted with strong opposition from the local Malays.
  • The opposition revolved around two issues: loose citizenship requirements and reduction in the Malay rulers' power. Due to the pressure exerted, the Union was replaced with the Federation of Malaya on 31 January 1948. The Federation achieved independence on 31 August 1957.
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