History: to your grandpa and grandma, it is impossible to live the fullest of the present without knowing the past or the history of it while you with your sibling often wonder how the comprehension on yesterday would be helping you to life a better life of tomorrow. Your headache needs a stronger balm when older friends of yours start to share stories of colonialism period of your country. Now, to wrap up, by colonialism we understand a foreigner race who has taken the illegal authorization and command over our social, political and economical system mostly resulting to a negative impact upon the native state.
If we glance upon the world history, we may find that almost all of the countries, excepting a very few territory have been ruled by some foreigner colonies. British Empire, at the ages of colonialism, was the World’s largest race of sustaining Imperialism with 23% of the world population under her reign and along with these 412 million people, the habitats of Perak were few of their colonised subjects. Acehnese, Siamese, Bugis and British- all four of them attempted to conquer Perak but The British are the one to succeed in invading it.
Though since the 17th century, The British people were in a marine trade with Malaysia, ironically the former did not show initial interest in setting colony over Malaysia, especially at Perak. By the ‘Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1824’, the barriers between British Malaya and the Netherland East Indies were defined and the British ruling in Perak started with full swing. Immediate after the treaty being signed, the next milestone for the British was to centralise the administration of Penang, Malacca and Singapore and dragging Christmas Island, Cocos Islands Labuan, and Finding of Perak all under the units-authority of the Straits Settlements.
Until the middle of 19th century, the influence of the British over Perak was primarily economical. Since late 19th century, along with the growth of Chinese business and the British’s interest to snatch the administrative power of regions of South Asia, they started invading Penang, Perak, Malacca, Singapore, and the island of Labuan one after another.
Under these circumstances, there started a sudden flow of investment in the ‘Tin mine’ and business related to it and for this purpose and in order to cope up with the increasing demand of manpower, an acute crisis of labour started to get more and more intense. Therefore, there were started a pouring of Chinese immigrants that inaugurated to influence greatly the Malaysian economy. It was an unerring anticipation by the British to be the fourth as well as their successions of colonial Perak.
On these days, Perak was the state with height amount of tin-mines and therefore, this seemed to be a golden treasure for the British. As a result, Perak was the first or was bound to be the first of the Malay States that agrees to the administrative and economical supervision of the British, being followed by Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, and Pahang. Finally, on the 20th day of January in the year 1827, Raja Abdullah as the legitimate sultan and J.W.W. Birch as a British resident in Perak were acknowledged.