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Tony Day

Cold War,’ writes Fernando. But was it the same ‘communism’ that threatened British colonial policy makers and Malayan Chief Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman? Was the chief threat to Malay political dominance in the emerging Federation of Malaysia, which would include Singapore, Chinese communism, or a

Ryan Whirty

, the author makes one point very clear: that British colonial policy did at least as much harm as good in north India. Of course, he notes, this is not unusual in human history. "Natural factors can induce dearth," he writes in the introductory chapter, "but it is human agency, more specifically the

M. Lee Phillips, Anthony R. Walker, R. Selvaratnam and Clifford Sather

of the problem of race relations in Malaysia, the author points out that the British colonial policy of divide and rule con- verted a pre-colonial culturally homogeneous Malay society into a ethnically plural _ society. This resulted in an even population balance between the indigeneous Malay

Antonio L. Rappa

has been achieved through an active course of systematic social engineering of the ethnic climate, modifying the crude British colonial policy of "divide and rule" into a complex set of national policies of ethnic micro-management, seen in the HDB quota system. The policy uses racial ratios that limit

Linda Low

possible in the early periods. There have been numerous case studies of Singapore pioneers like Ng Teow Yhee, Ng Kok Beng and Chew Choo Keng (Chan and Chiang, 1994). They also came as part of the British colonial policy to attract foreign workers to Singapore and Malaya for development, without much


. However, it is used here only to reflect the thinking and policies of British colonial administration. (In the section five of the article, we discuss more critically the issue of ethnicity.) In the East African countries, British colonial policy created a tripartite racial system that constituted Asians

George Klay Kieh

soldiers” for the regime. Consequently, the legitimacy of the para- mount chieftancy was compromised. This practice was a continuation of the British Colonial Policy under which the traditional chiefs in Sierra Leone were co-opted into the colonial administration and used as pro consuls and intermediaries

Liora Bigon

dependency, a town on which the observant eye will pick to assess at a glance the results of British colonial policy since its inception. Th e observer, in walking round through the streets of Lagos, may well have in mind the French town of Dakar or the Belgian capital at Leopold- ville. He is likely to draw