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Department of History

Mr Geoffrey Kevin Pakiam

BA Social and Political Sciences (Cantab), MSc Development Studies (SOAS)


Geoffrey Kevin Pakiam
Mr Geoffrey Kevin Pakiam
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Thesis title:
Independent Oil Palm Smallholders in Peninsular Malaysia, 1962-1971
Year of Study:
Year 1
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My thesis interrogates why some independent smallholders began cultivating oil palm in Peninsular Malaysia shortly after Independence. I contend that international markets, government policies, estates, traders, available land, and the prior circumstances of smallholders themselves interacted in highly complex ways to influence production outcomes during the period studied.