M. S. H. McArthur

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In 1904 the British Protectorate of Brunei had reached the nadir of its fortunes. Reduced to two small strips of territory, bankrupt, and threatened with takeover by the Rajah of Sarawak (Sir Charles Brooke), Brunei received M. S. H. McArthur who was dispatched to make recommendations for Brunei's future administration.

“Dr. Horton offers a lengthy introduction to the report. In that, and in extensive notes, he offers critical comment on it, identifies persons and places, arbitrates on controversial agreements and correspondence, and offers some account of the early years of the Residency… McArthur’s report was worth printing, both for its intrinsic interest and for its historical importance.”

Nicholas Tarling, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies