Main Contents of Malayan Union 1 Abolishment of the sovereign Malay States from

Main contents of malayan union 1 abolishment of the

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Main Contents of Malayan Union: 1. Abolishment of the sovereign Malay States from being under the “ patronage ” of the British Government to a British-dominated colony . 2. Elimination of the Malay Rulers power, including as the head of Islam and the Malay Customs.
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3. Eliminate the privileges of the Malays including the allocation of Malay Reserved Land and important posts in government administration. 4. Establish common citizenship status based on Jus soli principle regardless of race.
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The Failure of Malayan Union 1. Strong opposition from the Malays – jus soli citizenship, diminished role & power of Malay Sultans. 2. No strong support from the non-Malays – exclusion of Singapore, economic issues. 3. Wrong timing – Communist insurgencies, aftermath WW2, Japanese occupation trauma. 4. Strong opposition from former British officers in Malaya – Frank Swettenhem, R.O. Winstedt, George Maxwell, Cecil Clementi Smith. 5. Harsh approach from Harold MacMichael in getting the approval from the Malay Sultans
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