the former states of the Malay Peninsula that, together with Penang and Malacca, formed the Union of Malaya (1946) and the Federation of Malaya (1948). Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, and Pahang were established as the Federated Malay States by the British in 1895 and Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, and Trengannu as the Unfederated Malay States in 1909 (joined by Johore in 1914)
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How to use Malay States in a sentence
Rubber has been the chief cause of the decline of coffee industry in the Federated Malay States.All About Coffee | William H. Ukers
In independent Malay States everybody goes about armed; and weapons, therefore, are always available.In Court and Kampong | Hugh Clifford
It is the shipping point of the Federated Malay States, where 65 per cent.Current History, A Monthly Magazine | New York Times
The acreage in coffee in the Federated Malay States is steadily declining.All About Coffee | William H. Ukers
Kuala Lumpor is also the federal capital of the Malay States.