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A visit to Singapore, an essential port city in Britain's empire, established in 1813 when Raffles negotiated its separation from the independent Malay state of Jahor. The camera observes Singapore's traditional neighborhoods, trade, and small craft, which are dominated by people of Chinese ancestry. Then, we drive the modern causeway to Jahor's small capital, Johor Bahru, for a look at imposing buildings and a visit to the grounds of the sultan. The sultan's son invites the crew in, and we meet the sultan, "H.H." himself. The narrator relates the sultan's commitment to commerce, economic well-being, and tolerance, stemming in part from his European education. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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TravelTalks
20 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Singapore and Jahore (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another pleasant entry in MGM's TravelTalks series. We start off in Singapore where we learn that the name translates to "Lion Place" and that in 1819 Great Britain took it over. We learn that it's the busiest port in the world but there are also a lot of things that haven't changed over the past hundred years and this includes many jobs on the various lakes. We learn that there are half a million people living there and that the traffic police have "wings." In Jahore we basically see its sultan, known simply as "H.H." as he inspects his army. Fans of the series will find this one here to be better than your normal episode simply because we get so much history about the place and get to see many great visuals. The visuals really jump off the screen and the Technicolor doesn't hurt either. Fans of the series will certainly want to check this one out.


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