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Malay Sketches

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... xiii the passing of penglima prang semaun N the Perak River, about fifty miles from its V_/ mouth, and just above the tidal influence, where the water is clear and shallow ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by General Books (first published December 1st 1895)
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Noorhaina
Sep 23, 2015 Noorhaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malaysian
My first encounter with this title was a mention in school history books. Now, having read it in its original form, I believe it's a remarkable piece of literature that any enthusiast of Malaysian and Malay history should have in their collection.
Swettenham makes some interesting observations, but the reader should always bear in mind that this was written by a European who respected the people he described, but also looked down on them.
He also had a romantic streak; you'll find that his narrat
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Kast
Mar 18, 2011 Kast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book just tell the truth , a fragment of what Malay look like before independence . The topic regards about Malay behavior and culture from ,amok , spiritual possession , a civil war ,etc . its clearly stated about how the old city would liked to be .In this case his own visit to Bandar Temasya in Banting To meet the sultan .
Leyla Shuri
Mar 16, 2012 Leyla Shuri rated it really liked it
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The unfortunate Malays were forced to accept the unconditional Treaty of Pangkor during the colonization era of the British.

In internal rife and rivalry of the local people as written by the author on page 79 "Chiefs, each with some kind of privilege or vested interest. The revolting practice of debt-slavery, under which the slaves often suffered indescribable wrongs, was rife int he land, and, though contrary to the Mohammadan religion, was supported and clung to by all the upper classes. The
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Izwan Z
Dec 29, 2014 Izwan Z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fragment of what a typical Malay is like before independence, and perhaps even more so now. The language is rich and full of imagery. Brilliant.
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Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham GCMG CH was the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States (part of the then Royal Colonies, now independent Malaysia) which was formed by combining a number of kingdoms. He served from July 1, 1896 to 1901. He was also an amateur photographer.
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