Day 18

Posted On August 8, 2007

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The first significant Chinese settlements date from as early as the 13th century. However, the best known early contacts were during the 15th century when Admiral Cheng Ho visited Melaka.
Some early Chinese traders settled and founded small communities. They had intermarried with Malays, producing what was later known as Babas or Straits Chinese. The early Chinese communities each had their own Kapitan Cina, appointed by the Dutch in Melaka and elsewhere by the Malay rulers.
Economic opportunities continued to draw large number of migrant Chinese, particularly during the British rule.
Foochow Chinese immigrants played a major role in opening up the plantation sector in Sibu. In 1901 Pastor Wong Nai Siong brought the first group of Foochow from China, to cultivate the fertile land around Sibu (NST, 18/3/07).
The Chinese, apart from Baba, spoke their own language or dialects, and practiced their distinctive ways of life and custom. They tended to congregate in urban settlements and preferred to live in their own areas.
It was said that in 1940, the Chinese (2,400,000) outnumbered the Malays (2,300,000) in the Peninsula.


1. Praise God for
a. His love for the Chinese.
b. The first group of Christian Chinese immigrants who sowed the seed in this land.
c. The missionaries who responded to His call to minister to the Chinese and helped set up Chinese schools.
d. Their contribution to the economic growth in the nation.
2. Chinese corporate community to willingly share their resources and expertise for the good of the societies and in poverty-eradication.
3. More Chinese to serve the nation through joining uniformed groups and public services.
4. In its effort to help the Malays, Government will not leave out the less privileged Chinese in its projects.
5. Salt & light:
a. Christians to demonstrate God’s goodness in the communities, marketplace and public sector.
b. Fresh vision and active community involvement for Chinese-speaking churches especially in the new villages.


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