The Law and Customs of the Malays with Reference to the Tenure of Land

The Law and Customs of the Malays with Reference to the Tenure of Land

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ..." surrendering to another the privilege of reaping from his " own soil, what is only the average recompense of labour " expended on the estate of another." In the first of the above extracts, MAnsni: _', with his usual accuracy, describes the chief incidents of the land tenure of the Malays, as they exist among the people of the Peninsula as _ well as among those of Sumatra; and it is subsequently shewn that among the Sundanese in the west of Java----a people who in their customs and language bear a much nearer resemblance to the Malays than do the people of any other part of J ava--those incidents which have relation to the alienation of land are almost identical with those which obtain among the Malays. I am inclined to think that the superior permanency of the tenure of the Sundanese, when compared with that of the Javanese, is to be accounted for by a Malay origin, and that it is unnecessary to argue, with R_-rFI.Es, that it is a mere survival in a remote district of a more liberal system, which once prevailed generally in the island, but which was destroyed by the rapacity of Muhammadan sovereigns. Malays, too, have had for centuries Muhammadan Rajas, not less given to encroachment upon the rights of individuals than those of Java; yet the Malay peasant has retained his proprietary right, and I believe that, both in Malay countries and in Sunda, this has been dueto a national feeling or instinct on this subject, not to be found among the Javanese, who, under native rule, were serfs without proprietary interest in the land which they cultivated. The power of alienation is one of the most important privileges connected with land that a land-holder can exercise, but it is only the resultof an advanced and more

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  • English
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  • 9781236849052