“When the British East India Company (EIC) needed ports to support its growing trade with China, it looked to Malaya’s west coast. In 1786 Penang was acquired from the Sultan of Kedah and in 1826 Singapore from the Sultan of Johore. Penang, Malacca, and Singapore were administered as the Straits Settlements. Post Offices probably were open in Malacca and Penang at the end of the eighteenth century, but the earliest recorded handstruck postal marking is from Penang in 1806 ….”
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