Documents kept by the Colonial Office in London and released after a mandatory 30 years of secrecy are a source of exciting details. The significance of this source of historical material is raised all the more by the fact that governments of new countries formed from former colonies, like Malaysia, tend to treat information as a threat to their power and legitimacy.
How the independent Federation of Malaysia would incorporate its various parts was not a given thing, and the issues up for negotiation in 1956–1957 were many.
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