The Reid Commission’s Legacy – Part 1

George L. Peet, Joseph M. Fernando, J. M. Gullick

All three books here were bought in Gerakbudaya Jalan Bukit PJ on 9 May 2024.

This is a good bookstore concentrating on Malayan and Malaysian history books. It has a good pre-loved section of books as well as books on Southeast Asia.

The Malayan Independence Constitution of 1957 was drafted by the Reid Commission.

The task was not an easy one as the Commission was tasked to draw up a constitution that can address and at the same time balance the competing interests of the three main races as well as the role and concerns of the rulers.

A unique feature of the Reid Commission is that it’s six appointed members were all non-Malayans.

Why was this the preferred option? How were the members chosen?

These are some of the interesting enquiries that formed the subject of a doctoral thesis submitted to the University of London in 1995.

This book ‘The Making of the Malayan Constitution’ is a revised version of the thesis. It was published in book form in 2001 by its author Joseph M Fernando, a history lecturer in University Malaya.

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