System of Government in the Straits Settlements, 1942

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

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The following text is taken from Dr Lennox A. Mills’ book, British Rule in Eastern Asia. A Study of Contemporary Government and Economic Development in British Malaya and Hong Kong (London: Oxford University Press). Mills was an Oxford graduate who was associate professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. The 600-page competently written volume is of special interest because it was published just before the Japanese entered the global war on December 7, 1941. It came on the market only...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: