KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is what it is today because of the collective contributions of all communities, says Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
At the launch of his book, the Sultan of Perak said that he had experienced how the country has evolved through various economic cycles.
"From my childhood to the present, I have experienced how our country has evolved.
"Just as I have grown older - and I hope wiser - so too the country has modernised and globalised.
"I have seen our people's fortunes have vacillated during economic cycles - though still, following an upward arc and how they have, in general, shifted from agricultural-based rural lifestyles to prosperous, city-based lifestyles.
"Some challenges remain, however, and new ones have emerged," he said in his opening speech at the launch his book titled "Striving for Inclusive Development: From Pangkor to a Modern Malaysian State", here.
This is his second highly acclaimed publication, the first being titled "Charting the Economy: Early 20th Century Malaya and Contemporary Malaysian Contrast", published in January 2017.
Sultan Nazrin, who is also the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said he had tried his best to remain objective and impartial when writing the book that touches on the evolution of what is now Malaysia from the time of the Pangkor Engagement in 1847.
"The task of a historian is often said - is not to judge but to explain.
"History is complex. It is long, winding and ever changing, filled with countless perspectives and opinions.
"In my writing, I, too, have done my best to be objective and impartial. But as the influential Cambridge historian E. H. Carr wrote more than half a century ago: It is possible to maintain that objective truth exists, but no historian by himself can hope to achieve more than a faint and partial approximation of it," said the Sultan of Perak.
"My book charts our country's fascinating economic history over the past 150 years.
" It is a journey that demonstrates national perseverance, institutional changes, and indeed a long-term 'striving for inclusive development'," added the Sultan.
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