Chris Pattern, the last governor of Hong Kong, said that even though the Britons wrestled the colony from
Many years ago, when I read Jules Verne’s classic, Around the World in 80 Days, I learned of an ancient tradition in
It has been more than half a century since the independence of
If we had not been ruled by the Europeans, the country we call
We are told again and again that British exploited the wealth of this country. Let’s face it: they boost efficiency of tin mining by introducing dredge to this country. They also brought rubber trees from
The colonial government built schools for locals. One of the most famous, also located in my hometown, was the
Without imperialism I probably would not be writing this post. The British were responsible for bringing Chinese and Indians to this country.
British introduced Common Law to
Before they left, the British replaced the absolute monarchies with constitutional ones. Today
English was the official language before independence. Today it remains widely spoken. Our proficiency in the lingua franca of the world gives us tremendous advantage in the 21st century.
In short, we did gain from British rule. Of course this doesn’t mean
By understanding our history better, we can leave our unnecessary hatred against Westerners behind. More importantly, we have always blamed our problems on the European colonizers. We should now start to look within – 50 years after independence.
Malaysia's oldest rubber tree - in Kuala Kangsar