British Business and Post-Colonial Malaysia, 1957-70: by Nicholas White

By Nicholas White

This ebook explores the boundaries of the belief of 'neo-colonialism' - the concept within the interval instantly after independence Malaya/Malaysia loved just a 'pseudo-independence', mostly as a result entrenched and dominant place of British enterprise pursuits allied to indigenous elites. the writer argues that, even though British enterprise did certainly have a powerful place in Malaysia during this interval, Malaysian politicians and directors have been capable of utilise British company, which was once really susceptible vis-a-vis the Malaysian country, for his or her personal ends, whilst indigenous companies and overseas, non-British opponents have been accumulating power. moreover, regardless of the dedication of either Conservative and Labour governments within the united kingdom to conserving British impression around the globe during the Commonwealth dating, British agencies in Malaysia obtained simply restricted aid from the British post-imperial country.

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Ch. Cook et al. (eds) Dynamic Asia: Business, Trade and Economic Development in Pacific Asia, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998. Geoffrey Jones’s Merchants to Multinationals stresses the resilience, adaptability and success of British multinational trading compa nies into the late twentieth century. PRO, DO 189/449, Minute by Twist for Tilney, 16 January 1964. White, ‘The survival, revival and decline of British economic infhience in Malaysia, 1957–70’, Twentieth-Century British History (hereafter TCBH) 14 (2003):222–42.

Yet, additionally, there existed a wider international power-political dimension to Lansdowne’s exoneration of Malaysia. Singapore, Sarawak and North Borneo— like Malaya before them—would be secured for the Commonwealth.

Brunei, having obtained a large measure of internal autonomy in 1959, appeared to be ‘grinding to a halt’, and unless the government got ‘cracking soon’ with constructive development schemes and secondary industries, there would be ‘trouble before long’. 19 Under the late-imperial mission after the Second World War, there had been an upsurge in publicly funded economic development in British Borneo. Between 1946 and 1963, M$291 million (about £34 million) was spent on projects in Sarawak alone, largely financed from UK Colonial Development and Welfare grants.

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