Wednesday, October 13, 2004
A History of Malaya
A History of Malaya is the creative outcome of Sabri Zain, a journalist, communications manager and amateur historian all rolled into one. The site covers early Malayan history, and its colonisation, with promise of more history articles related to later developments from the Federated Malay States, to Japanese Occupation and Independence. In the segment on early history, Sabri captures the essence of early Malays, and influences from Buddhist empires, Chinese traders, and the coming of Islam to the region. He paints a picture of Parameswara and the Melaka Kingdom. In the segment on colonisation, Sabri describes the Johore Empire, the Dutch East Indies and the Straits Settlement. Each article is colourfully illustrated and has fascinating sub-articles for a deeper insight to Malayan history. Sabri has another beautiful site linked to photographs of past Malaya, entitled Classic Malaya. His site is also linked to the Sejarah Melayu discussion group.