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By Virginia Matheson Hooker

In practise for a visit to Malaysia, this helped me comprehend the historical past and present outlook and concerns. probably not a enjoyable learn, however it appears well-written and invaluable to figuring out the rustic. yet i am not a professional.

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To outsiders, these individuals may have appeared to be ‘headmen’ whereas in fact they had ‘power’ in just one area in their community and may not have been leaders in other contexts. In contrast to the concept of power as specialised skill which was manifest in a number of members of a group is the understanding of power which was restricted to just one member of a group. Power believed to be from a supernatural source invested in one individual set them apart. In the context of traditional Malay statecraft this power was believed to be a sign of sovereignty and was restricted to the ruler.

The project of the Museum of National History was designed to give Malaysian citizens a sense of past achievements and to inspire them to work together for a common national purpose. 58587 History Malaysia F2 8/27/03 5:54 PM Page 11 Malaysia as history A second factor influencing the depiction of national history is the colonial experience of British rule and the emphasis on nationalism. The territory of present day Malaysia is based on colonial boundaries so although Malaysia rules as a sovereign power, its sovereignty is based on colonial foundations.

The pre-Independence nationalist movements had to develop symbols and rhetoric which would inspire support and would stimulate the peoples of Malaysia to combine to work for national (rather than local) aims. The majority of nationalist leaders were Malays (rather than Chinese or Indians). During the course of their colonial education from the period of the late 19th century, these Malays had been introduced to selected works of traditional Malay literature, sections of which were used in schools as set-texts for Malay history.

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