Eastern Customs: The Customs Service in British Malaya and the Opium Trade

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The Radcliffe Press, Jun 11, 2005 - History - 298 pages
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Generations of young Britons made their careers in Malaya. Some scaled the heights of the administrative service and are well recorded in the formal histories. The great majority served their time in less glamorous departments of government, whose activities remain largely unremarked. Derek Mackay' offers a vivid portrait of British Malaya's customs department. Skillfully tracing the history of the service and the experiences of its expatriate officers, tackling smuggling and the controversial opium trade, he provides an exciting new insight into the British imperial administration.
 

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Contents

The Service
21
Growing up
35
The expatriates arrive
44
A violent interruption
64
Back to work
84
Merdeka
100
The Opium Problem
121
Retail monopoly
140
Up in smoke
196
Revenues and restrictions
210
Off Duty
223
Epilogue
240
Straits Settlements authorized establishment
244
HM Customs Singapore 1957
251
Singapore Customs and Excise
258
Sources
264

Prohibition
151
The Course of Duty
175

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Derek Mackay is a retired member of HM Customs and Excise service in Malaya.

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