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Eastern customs : the customs service in British Malaya and the opium trade

Author: Derek Mackay
Publisher: London ; New York : Radcliffe Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Generations of young Britons made their careers in Malaya. Some scaled the heights of the administrative service and are well recorded in the formal histories. Others served in less high profile but equally challenging departments, carrying out the work of government in difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances. Eastern Customs traces the fascinating story of the Customs Service in British Malaya and those  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mackay, Derek.
Eastern customs.
London ; New York : Radcliffe Press, 2005
(DLC) 2005298947
(OCoLC)57355065
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Mackay
ISBN: 1282527894 9781282527898
OCLC Number: 667094413
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 298 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: pt. 1. The setting --
pt. 2. The service --
pt. 3. The opium problem --
pt. 4. The course of duty --
pt. 5. Off duty.
Responsibility: Derek Mackay.

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"Generations of young Britons made their careers in Malaya. Some scaled the heights of the administrative service and are well recorded in the formal histories. Others served in less high profile but equally challenging departments, carrying out the work of government in difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances. Eastern Customs traces the fascinating story of the Customs Service in British Malaya and those who made up its ranks. The service had a brief but colourful history from its introduction in 1910. For the next three decades, it took on the opium monopoly and became responsible for its importation, processing and distribution. It was a lucrative business, providing more than 50 per cent of Government revenue. But as international opposition to drugs hardened the service controlled and eventually moved to eliminate the trade, becoming an anti-narcotics force after 1946"--Bloomsbury publishing

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'...a magisterial account of the Service.' '...the definitive work on an important and neglected aspect of Malaysian history.'Simon Hutchinson, Overseas Pensioner, October 2005 '...a fascinating Read more...

 
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