By Ziauddin Sardar
Kuala Lumpur is the postmodern urban writ huge, a urban that, in the brief span of a decade, has been reworked from a sleepy capital right into a technological wonder with a thriving, diversified and prosperous cultural lifestyles. utilizing anecdotes, vintage Malay myths and stories, and observations according to genuine and imaginary wanderings throughout the urban, Ziauddin Sardar strains Kuala Lumpur's origins and charts the notable alterations skilled by means of the town and its humans, together with either the new monetary obstacle and the vicious energy fight among best Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his ex-Deputy Anwar Ibrahim. Sardar exhibits how a collision of cultures (Malay, chinese language, Indian, indigenous, Western) has constructed and re-emerged within the kind of a brand new synthesis, inducing either a level of disorientation and a special feel of strength and pleasure.
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But the lure of Ampang was too much to deter the rajahs. Shortly afterwards, they organized another party of 150 miners to venture into the jungle. This time they had better luck. Perhaps this was because the Chinese miners, superstitious as they are said to have been, took with them a group of Malay magicians or pawangs. The pawangs provided the miners with certain rules for success: no umbrellas in the opencast mines; no shoes either. Eventually, tin began to float down river by boat. The trickle increased, becoming commer cially viable.
Young Raffles was one of these new administrators. Then it occurred to headquarters in 53 India that they might as well abandon Malacca and move every one to their new presidency in Penang. It so happened that when this idea was floated Raffles was on sick leave in Malacca, and he wrote a report detailing the nature of local Southeast Asian trade which made possession of the port a continuing necessity. This report brought him to the attention of Lord Minto, governor gen eral in India, who then appointed Raffles as 'Agent to the Governor for the Malay States'.
They sowed their fields, went downriver to fish, built and maintained their houses and carried out the everyday chores of a farming community. But they were quite unwilling 'to become a tool in the production system of colonial capitalism'. Moreover, they were largely rural people and did not come in contact with the Europeans, who confined themselves to urban areas. The Malays were repre sented as lazy because they were self-sufficient and refused to work as slave labour, which the Chinese were coerced into doing because of their immigrant status.
Consumption of Kuala Lumpur (Reaktion Books - Topographics) by Ziauddin Sardar