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By Virginia Matheson Hooker

ISBN-10: 1864489553

ISBN-13: 9781864489552

In training for a visit to Malaysia, this helped me comprehend the heritage and present outlook and matters. not likely a enjoyable learn, however it looks well-written and beneficial to figuring out the rustic. yet i am not a professional.

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The soils and climate of much of Malaysia are not suitable for long-term, intensive irrigated rice production of the kind which developed in Java and Bali. It is believed that in the prehistoric period, carbohydrate needs were readily met by tubers (yams), foxtail millet, seeds and fruit. These foods have the advantage of requiring less land than rice, less labour to grow and harvest them, and they do not require storage and complex preparation. 58587 History Malaysia F2 8/27/03 5:54 PM Page 19 Peopling Malaysia pestles and mortars show that from as early as the second millennium BCE, rice was available in coastal Sarawak and in the northernmost parts of the Peninsula but the rice may not have been grown where it was found.

The significance of these contacts and cultural orientations will be discussed as part of the third major theme, the strategic position of Malaysia. Geologically, all the Malaysian territories belong to the Sunda shelf or Sundaland, an extension of the Asian landmass. During periods of low sea-levels in the prehistoric period (the Pleistocene) much of Sundaland was joined as dry land to Asia. The distinguishing feature of Sundaland is that it is geologically stable and not subject to volcanic action.

Tin-bearing regions across the Bay of Bengal, on the Malay Peninsula, provided a ready supply. It was at this time that the terms ‘Suvarnabhumi’ and ‘Suvarnadvipa’ were being used in Sanskrit literature to refer to eastern lands (that is, in Southeast Asia) which were rich in gold and tin. The finds of beads of Indian origin at the Klang sites suggest that the region was a major exchange point for incoming foreign goods and outgoing local items, particularly tin and also gold, from the uplands of the interior with other luxury items such as fragrant woods and resins.

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