Excerpt from Report on the Federated Malay States and Java: Their Systems of Government, Methods of Administration, and Economic Development
In other words, I have endeavoured to make my Report thoroughly practical and as concise as the many difficult problems in tropical administration and development would permit.
I desire also to place on record my appreciation of the great kindness and courtesy I have experienced both from the British and Dutch authorities throughout the Whole of my investigations, which I ascribe to the very friendly feeling they entertain towards our young Commonwealth. The Director of Agriculture for the Federated Malay States, and the curators of the various botanical and experimental gardens were requested to supply me with all particulars regarding horticultural development. I was everywhere met by Government officials who drove me Out to the plantations and introduced me to the leading planters. During the course of my investigations in the Malay States which extended over five weeks, I travelled more than one thousand miles through the peninsula, and inspected every plantation industry in the Protectorate. From the Malay States I extended my visit to Java. His Excellency the governor-general was good enough to personally interest him self in my mission, and issued instructions to the Directors of the various Departments to supply me with whatever information I required regarding the Government and industries of Netherlands India a similar courtesy was also extended to me at their various magnificent Botanical Gardens, and in every part Of Java to which I travelled.
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