|My Work Station|
..... our now dysfunctional cameras. The Nikkormat was the spouse's good companion, bought in 1965 which took him to places that other parts cannot reach. I reckon that Nikkormat received more TLC than I ever got - at times. My Konica, chosen by arwah Akim in 1979 went with me to Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, India, Sri Lanka and Britain. Both items are still much loved and I was over the moon to see them again.
Here's the Nikkormat .....
...and the Konica.
As I dug further into the deep recesses of the cupboard I found Iain's little hoard of books, all hardcover, all very intriguing for their content but especially for insights into the history of Malaya and Singapore. As Smeagol (Lord of the the Ring) would say : "My precious, my precious."
|The Golden Health Library (1920s/1930s)|
|The Book for the Home (1956)|
|The Geographical Magazine (1935-1964)|
|The Most Special Set (1922)|
And this is the piece de resistance from my cave under the staircase!!!
|What's so special about this?|
|It's antique soybean milk!!!!|
|Top Left: A son of the Sultan of Perak, Raja Azlan (in blue) on the occasion of the installation of his father at Kuala Kangsar. Bottom Right: Two of the crowd outside the palace.|
The above image is extracted from The Geographical Magazine (May 1950 - April 1951). Amongst other things, Ian Morrison wrote :
1. A love of colour, in their whole way of life as well as in their dress and articles of daily use, characterizes nearly all the Malay races. [Why not?]
2. In Malaya today the position of the Malays has been seriously threatened by the arrival of the immigrant Chinese. Although the Malays still outnumber the Chinese in the Federation and although the birth-rates for the two races as revealed in the 1947 Census are now approximately the same, Chinese outnumber Malays in the economically important States of Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johore... [ How did this happen?]
3. It is generally agreed that, if Malaya is to be a peaceful and prosperous country, an effort must be made to correct this unbalance. But it is easier said than done. It is as hard to persuade the Malays to modify the political rights which they enjoy and which they regard as one of the chief safeguards of their own survival as it is to persuade the Chinese to admit the Malays to a greater share in the economic life of the country.
Here (Item 3) is an example of a Colonial Bureaucrat who failed to acknowledge that Malaya is Tanah Melayu, that the Malays' political authority is not a privilege granted by the Colonial Powers for them to 'enjoy' and it's certainly not negotiable. This is the very same bland attitude that regarded Lim Chin Peng as Malaya's Freedom Fighter!
After all Mr Morrison's descendants in Britain today are adamantly against immigration from non-EU countries. Future British Nationals are now required to take English Language and Citizenship Tests, and an oath of loyalty to Queen and Country. Best of all, David Cameron has abandoned the policy of multiculturalism. So, why is Malaysia, or rather the Malays, expected to be 'whiter than white'?
All this I raked from the cupboard under the stairs!! There are lots more salacious revelations when and if I can get away from living up to my reputation as an 'indolent Malay' gambolling amongst the flowers in the English Spring.
Who says 'History is Bunk'! It's the interpreter of that history who writes bunkum.