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By meWATCH Published: 27 Sep 2019 Audio: English
After William Farquhar sent word to Melaka that he had started a new settlement in Singapore, an exodus from Melaka began. Indian and Peranakans pack boats with provisions and set off for Singapore, expecting a big profit, as well as, a sign of faith in the administration of the beloved ‘Rajah Melaka’, a term of endearment for William Farquhar. Melaka was depleted of its merchant community. The Dutch administration in Melaka began to blockade the harbour, and yet, by 1823, 5,000 traders, peddlers, carpenters, labourers and others escaped Melaka to Singapore. In order to get to Singapore, many of these early pioneers had to avoid both the Dutch gun boats, and also, pirates who were lying in wait for them.
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