By Virginia Matheson Hooker

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When this is done, four broad socio-cultural patterns can be recognised. They have been termed: Malay, Senoi, Semang and Malayic. The Malay pattern This has been the dominant socio-religious pattern on the Malay Peninsula only since approximately the 18th century. It should be understood, however, that the category ‘Malay’ is a very fluid one, not defined by physical characteristics, but by language, dress, customs and, most importantly, by the profession of Islam. None of these characteristics is innate, in the sense that an individual is born with them.

In marriage it is considered that the husband should be older than the wife who should ideally be of the same blood line (consanguine). Marriages with first or second cousins are the neatest way of implementing these principles. Associated with this kind of society is a sedentary mode of livelihood in a village context, where women’s labour is given high value and the husband and wife form the basic labour unit. Descent is described in terms of both father and mother and men give gifts or money to the bride on marriage and these remain her property.

The extraction of these minerals, in the distant and not so distant past, has created commercial networks which have had long-term consequences for the history of Malaysia. 58587 History Malaysia F2 8/27/03 5:54 PM Page 16 A Short History of Malaysia mountain ranges which enabled a highly productive interaction to occur with ‘foreign’ traders, from at least as early as 500 BCE. The climatic features of the region are influenced by proximity to the equator. Most of the territory of modern Malaysia lies within 5 degrees of the equator (most of Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak but not the northern Peninsula states).

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