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Dr. Charles Shumaker was employed by the Methodist Board of Mission in 1948 and was considered the master school builder in Southeast Asia until 1959. His service in the U.S. Navy in World War II had taken him to the U.S. Naval Language School, where he became a Chinese Interpreter during the war years and served a tour on mainland China until the war ended. Through the Board of Missions, he was sent to Malacca Malaya with his wife and three children with one more child born in Malaya. He served there until 1954 when he was transferred to Medan Sumatra. During his tour in Malaya, he became friends with Dato Sir Cheng Lock. The friendship blossomed to the point where they regularly discussed all the pertinent political points of a nation trying to find its birth among racial problems, the Communist Insurrection, and the disintegration of the British Empire. This book takes a firsthand historical path through the birth of the Malaysian Nation. His friendship with Dato Sir Cheng Lock and the access he had to all of Sir Cheng Lock’s personnel papers and correspondence gave Dr. Shumaker an insight that very few were fortunate enough to see. Dr. Shumaker truly did live with and among those who were instrumental in the Formative Years of Malaysian Politics. Dr. Shumaker left the Methodist Board of Missions on 1959 and finished his career in the State Department. He served tours in Jordan, Taiwan, and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; but he never lost his passion for the peoples of Malaysia.

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