A Journal in the Federal Capital
When George L. Peet arrived in Kuala Lumpur as the first correspondent for the Straits Times newspaper based in the city, the Federal capital was barely half a century old. Within living memory, it had been a Chinese mining village, but as the administrative headquarters of the Federated Malay States it had become a vibrant administrative and economic centre.
Peet travelled throughout the peninsula gathering material for his newspaper columns, some of which are presented in this volume. An astute observer, he came to know Malaya well, but as a journalist he was detached not only from the societies and cultures of the Asian residents but also from the colonial establishment and expatriate society.
George L. Peet was a correspondent and then senior editor for the Straits Times in the 1930s. In 1939 he became director of the newly created Department of Information, and in that capacity coordinated strategic propaganda efforts and the issuance of government announcements.
|Author||George L. Peet|