Education: Pilgrim's Progress

Malayan Schoolboy Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz read the article with mounting anger and made his vow. To defend the honor of newly independent Malaya, and prove the hardy spirit of its citizens, he would hitchhike around the world in ten years, giving the lie to the libel and leading "a wandering life of privations." His pilgrimage tipped politicians off to the article, and they howled hard and loud at the "yellow" journal that printed it—oddly enough, the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The EB's pukka sahib summing up, written when few Malayans were able to read it (69% of the population is still illiterate) and...

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