About the book (from jacket flap):
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Singapore in 1819, selections from previous issues of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society were reprinted in volume form.
The first part of the volume deals with early Singapore. It examines attempts to identify ancient Singapore with I-tsing’s Mo-ho-sin and the Hasin of the 11th century Javanese inscription.
Material in the second part of the volume concerns modern Singapore. It is wonderful, in today’s context, to read Hough’s Notes on the Educational Policy of Sir Stamford Raffles, particularly his idea of raising the standard of education in the native languages….
Several other selections provide glimpses of British and Malay diplomacy, the island’s early inhabitants and the layout of the new settlement. Items on the Botanic Gardens, the Singapore Chronicle and the Vernacular Press throw some light on the origins of present institutions.
Tumasek or Old Singapore
Who’s Who in the Malay Annals
The Population of Singapore in 1819
The Orang Laut of Singapore
Lt. Jackson’s Plan of Singapore
Native Names of Streets in Singapore
Tan Tock Seng’s Hospital