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British Intervention in Malaya, 1867-1877
British Intervention in Malaya 1867-1877 Author:C. Northcote Parkinson In the mid-19th century, social disorder was created by the succession wars among the Malay chiefs of Perak and the rival Chinese secret society factions. It led to a political opportunity for the British. — It was Raja Abdullah who agreed to a British Resident. He signed a treaty called Pangkor Engagement in January 1874 to accept British admini... more »stration and was installed as Sultan of Perak.
According to the agreement, the Resident?s advice ?must be asked and acted upon on all questions other than those touching Malay religion and custom.? It was recorded that the Christians missionaries to evangelise among the Malays carried out such non-interference policy on religion and custom to the extent of opposing any attempts.
The treaty set the first Residential System and effectively gave the British a foothold for political dominion in the Peninsula.« less