History of Malaysia

Hey fellow adventurers! It’s time to discuss the history of Malaysia. Throughout the post, I’m going to use the name Malaysia for convenience but that’s a more recent name. Malaysia has been called Malaya in the past, as well as some other names. I’m sorry if that confuses anyone.

There is evidence to support that human activity has occurred in Malaysia for at least 40,000 years. Trade with China and India was established as far back as 100 BCE. Trade doesn’t just bring in buyable goods though, but culture and religion. By 400 CE, Buddhism and Hinduism were introduced to Malaysia via India. By 1300, Islam was introduced by Arab and Indian merchants. During what is sometimes called a “second flowering of Islam,” four Muslim empires (Ottoman, Safavid, Songhay and Mughal) gained strong political and military power, as well as economic prosperity. By the 1400s, the trading network was largely controlled by Muslims in the Southeast Asia area. To attract these traders to their cities, a lot of Hindu and Buddhist rulers converted to Islam and enforced Islamic law.

A few countries have occupied Malaysia throughout history but the British controlled Malaysia the longest. Although at first the British only wanted economic control over Malaysia, they soon wanted territorial control as well. Under British rule, the British brought in Indians to do manual labor, such as Tin mining. This made Indian and Chinese Malaysians the primary manual labor workforce. While Malay Malaysians had opportunities to work in government positions, such as for the police. Positions the British generally closed off to non-Europeans. Not only that but the British gave off the impression that the Malay Malaysians were the rulers of Malaysia but didn’t give them any authority to rule. This inequality created a rift between the races. If you want to learn more about Colonial control over Malaysia, read the following article:


During World War II, Japan set out to acquire resources that would free it from its dependence on the West. The Japanese shared a desire with several Southeast Asian countries to liberate countries under European control. The Japanese claimed they were going to make “Asia for Asians.” However soon after they began conquering countries, it became clear that they were more interested in resources, than liberation. The Japanese’s first act in Malaysia was to kill the Chinese Malaysians. After which, the Japanese established a rule, and you either followed or died. The occupation of the Japanese ended after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. If you wish to learn more, I highly recommend this show from history channel:

After Japanese occupation ended, it wasn’t long until the British took control again. This was welcomed by some Malaysians and dreaded by others. Those who wanted Malaysian independence fought to get rid of British control. In 1957, Malaysia is free from British control. And in 1963, Malaysia officially becomes Malaysia. If you would like a more comprehensive timeline of the history of Malaysia, check out BBC:


I also recommend watching this interesting piece about former Malaysian communists that were kicked out of Malaysia while it was still Malaya:

That’s all for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for reading my blog, and as always, until our next adventure!

5,390 thoughts on “History of Malaysia”

  1. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love understanding far more on this topic. If achievable, as you acquire knowledge, would you thoughts updating your blog with additional information? It is extremely useful for me.

  2. Howdy outstanding website! Does running a blog like this take a massive amount work?
    I have no expertise in computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
    Anyway, if you have any recommendations or tips for
    new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject but I just wanted to ask.
    Thank you!

  3. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will
    come back from now on. I want to encourage you
    continue your great posts, have a nice holiday

  4. I just couldnt leave your website before telling you that we really enjoyed the quality information you offer to your visitors Will be back often to check up on new posts

  5. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more
    than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important
    and all. However imagine if you added some great visuals or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!

    Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could undeniably be one of the greatest in its field.

    Amazing blog!

  6. hello!,I like your writing so much! percentage we keep up a correspondence more approximately
    your article on AOL? I require a specialist in this area to solve
    my problem. Maybe that is you! Having a look ahead to look you.

  7. When I originally left a comment I seem to have
    clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time
    a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment.
    Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  8. Hi, Neat post. There is an issue along with your web site in web explorer, might check
    this? IE still is the market leader and a large part of people
    will miss your excellent writing due to this problem.

  9. Howdy would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using?

    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads
    a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price?
    Cheers, I appreciate it!

  10. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this site.
    I’m hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get
    my own, personal blog now 😉

  11. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to
    get the hang of it!

  12. It’s really a great and helpful piece of information.
    I am glad that you simply shared this useful info with us.
    Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I am now not sure where you are getting your information, however good
    topic. I needs to spend a while studying much more or understanding
    more. Thank you for fantastic information I used
    to be on the lookout for this info for my mission.

  14. giải pháp seo là công ty seo lừa đảo, thằng đặng lê nam là thằng lùa gà chỉ biết
    ăn tiền seo như hạch.
    anh em nên tránh xa công ty này. Seo xong không giao gì chỉ biết đẩy user và mua text link
    phải gia hạn liên tục
    Cứ không gia hạn là key rớt. Liên tục tự tâng bốc bản thân để lùa

  15. I’ve read some just right stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how a lot attempt you place to create such a great
    informative website.

  16. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a
    famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  17. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and amusing,
    and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head.

    The problem is something that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for
    something concerning this.

  18. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m
    impressed! Very useful info specially the last part 🙂 I care for such info much.

    I was looking for this certain information for a very
    long time. Thank you and good luck.

  19. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for
    this website? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for
    another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  20. You have made some decent points there. I checked on the web for more info about the issue
    and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

  21. I blog quite often and I seriously thank you for your content.
    Your article has truly peaked my interest.
    I will take a note of your website and keep checking for
    new details about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.

  22. I will right away seize your rss feed as I can’t find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service.

    Do you have any? Please let me recognize in order that I may just subscribe.

  23. I am extremely impressed with your writing talents as well as with the
    structure for your blog. Is this a paid topic or did
    you modify it your self? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing,
    it’s rare to peer a great weblog like this one nowadays..

  24. Magnificent web site. Plenty of useful information here.
    I am sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thanks in your sweat!

  25. Having read this I thought it was rather enlightening.

    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short article together.
    I once again find myself spending a lot of time both
    reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

  26. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your blog.
    You have some really great posts and I feel I would
    be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off,
    I’d really like to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back
    to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested.
    Many thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.