Singapore's role in constituting the 'Malay' narrative

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    In public and to a large extent academic discussion, Singapore history has been focused on two great men: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and Lee Kuan Yew. The Malay history of Singapore, perhaps understandably, has received less attention. Partly because of my re-reading of Robert Pringle’s classic study of Sarawak, I have begun to see just how central Singapore might be in the “Malay” narrative. Pringle speculated that the term “Malay” became “widely used in Sarawak today only because in 1841, James Brooke (the future ‘Rajah’ of the territory) brought it with him from Singapore.”¹ The comment suggests that Singapore, far...
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStudying Singapore's Past: C.M.Turnbull and the Modern History of Singapore
    Editors Nicholas Tarling
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherNUS Press - National University of Singapore
    ISBN (Print)9789971696467
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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