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By Virginia Matheson Hooker

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58587 History Malaysia F2 8/27/03 5:54 PM Page 40 A Short History of Malaysia drums) was absorbed into the Han empire and the export of the bronzes through the southern-linked trading networks seems to have stopped. The southwards expansion of the Han drew them into the exchange networks operating with Southeast Asia and they became part of the increasingly dynamic flow of goods and people. Bronze items were still in demand in Southeast Asia and, when bronze goods from Vietnam were no longer available, the exchange points on the Malay Peninsula increased their contact with their closer northern neighbours, particularly the Mons of Southern Burma, who were also producing good bronze work.

The mountainous areas These are heavily covered with evergreen rainforest in the equatorial zone (‘the jungle’) and less densely so in the intertropical zones of the north of the Peninsula. Mount Kinabalu (4104 metres), is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia and lies in Sabah but because of its height and lowered temperatures (ground frosts occur) has tropical alpine scrub to about 3000 metres and above that only very sparse and specialised grasses and algae, giving a very bleak and spectacular appearance.

58587 History Malaysia F2 8/27/03 5:54 PM Page 9 Malaysia as history The Malayan Union proposal (1946), promoted by the British after the war, is also described as a focus for nationalism. ’ The First Malay Congress, held in 1946, is described as the impetus which led to the formation of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in May of that year. ’ (Independence). Next comes ‘The Formation of Malaysia—Sarawak’ and ‘The Formation of Malaysia—Sabah’ with a further display entitled ‘Confrontation’, covering the 1963–66 period of hostilities between Indonesia and Malaysia.

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