Friday, May 16, 2008

Historical reference to Singapore's lack of food sufficiency

Voyagers (Wang Dayuan) in the 15th century have observed that the island did not have much cultivar or padi (Wheatley, 1966)
Wheatley P (1966) “The Golden Khersonese: studies in the historical geography of the Malay Peninsula before A.D. 1500” Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, pp. 82

Dutch officer, Colonel Nahuijs, in a letter to his superior in Holland, wrote:
"The cost of living is very high as the island produces little or nothing"
Eze Nathan (1986) "The history of Jews in Singapore (1830-1945)" Herbilu Editorial: Singapore, p. vi

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