British Malaya The effects of the trade

Brief history of the British Malaya

  • The British Malaya was made up of the Peninsula of Malay and the Island of Singapore.
  • The British attempted to colonize Borneo in 1771 without success.
  • A few years after they attempted to colonize the Peninsula of Malay with more success.
  • Finally, in 1786 the British took control over the Peninsula of Malay and the Island of Singapore
  • And after, in the year 1795 they kicked out the Dutch from Borneo to form what today is Malaysia (well except Singapore).
  • In 1819 the British port of Singapore was founded, but it was not until the year 1867 that Malaysia was formally considered as a colony.
"These territories became quite valuable after the Suez Canal opened in 1869, providing a easy transportation route for Malayan tin and rubber to Europe" (Facts and Details/Jeffrey Hays)
Who got rich, the natives or the colonizers?

What did the British gain from this colony?

  • The British actually did not treat the natives bad, compared to other colonies.
  • The British had interest in Malaysia because of its strategic position. If they had Singapore they could facilitate the logistics of the trade of the East. Having a colony in this place had many advantages.
  • The British also had an interest for Malaysia because of the raw materials that its lands contained.

What did the natives gain from this colony?

  • The natives also benefited from trade in a good way, but not as much as the British.
  • The natives here were treated as workers not as slaves. They got at least some money.
  • The British taught the natives how to be more civilized.
  • The British also gave them the transport infrastructures (trains and roads) to facilitate the trade inside Malaysia.
  • They also gave them a national sport, cricket, which is now very important in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia)
Marina Bay Sand Hotel (Singapore)

What were the economical effects of the British colonization?

  • As you can see Malaysia and Singapore both benefited of the trade. Singapore is now one of the riches places in the world. Kuala Lumpur also has benefited economical, not as much as Singapore, but still rich.
The trade also brought an intercultural environment.

The biggest wealth in Malaysia, culture

As you can see in this picture, the intercultural environment in Malaysia is one of the biggest effects of the colonization. Now in Malaysia you can see Chinese, Indians, Japanese and British men working in the same office and getting alone.


  • Singapore got its independence from Malaysia in 1965.
  • This had some economical problems because Singapore was not self-sufficient.
  • The independence of Singapore also brought revolts between its citizens.
  • After its political reformation Singapore, start to have a better economy.
  • Now Singapore is one of the riches places in the world.


"British Colonialism In Malaysia - "The GOOD, The BAD & The UGLY" (Pre…". N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Mar. 2017.

Hays, Jeffrey. "BRITISH IN MALAYSIA | Facts And Details". N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Mar. 2017.

Malaysia - The Impact Of British Rule | History - Geography". Encyclopedia Britannica. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Mar. 2017.

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