Deals, Datus and Dayaks: Sarawak and Brunei in the Making of Malaysia.

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Author: Ooi Keat Gin
Date: Annual 2020
From: Borneo Research Bulletin(Vol. 51)
Publisher: Borneo Research Council, Inc
Document Type: Book review
Length: 1,103 words
Lexile Measure: 1540L

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Leigh, Michael. 2018, Deals, Datus and Dayaks: Sarawak and Brunei in the Making of Malaysia. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre. ISBN 978-967-2165-21-7

Despite all of those efforts [by British, Singapore and Malayan governments], new archival evidence shows how the political situation in Sarawak almost caused [the wider federation of] Malaysia to be aborted at the last minute [blurb].

Deals, Datus and Dayaks: Sarawak and Brunei in the Making of Malaysia is a slim volume, shy of 100 pages, that tells of the turbulent "birth" of the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, and the early years of survival until 1965. It is not a rehashed or. a summary of the author's works in the field over the past six decades, but introduces a new perspective on an old theme. This 92-page book by Michael Leigh, a name akin to Sarawak's political development since the early 1960s, brings fresh insights to a questionable British decolonization strategy amidst the global Cold War. Malaysia's political survival and economic prosperity since that fateful September of 1963 to the present, integrity preserved lest Singapore's excision in 1965, with the then independent Malaya and the Borneo territories of Sarawak and North Borneo (presentday Sabah), is a tribute to the leaders then and their successors. Leigh has produced more than 60 scholarly works on the region of what is referred to as "Greater Malaysia," a wider federation that brought together the previously known territories of British Malaya and British Borneo. "Malaysia" was Whitehall's success story of disengagement from Southeast Asia since Light landed on the padang (Esplanade) of Prince of Wales Island (Penang) on that hot August...

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