During British Malaya, the creolised Chinese in Penang, Melaka and Singapore (conjoined to form the Straits Settlements in 1826) were known as the Straits Chinese. Being elite locals who enjoyed the patronage of the Empire, the Straits Chinese proudly distinguished themselves as the King’s or Queen’s Chinese.
Despite their privileged identity, an organised platform to safeguard their rights as British subjects remained non-existent apart from the more commercially inclined Chinese Town Hall and Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
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