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In 1816, the British protectorate over Indonesia stopped, and recruiting from Java was no longer possible. The recruiting would subsequently be done on the Malaysian peninsula. 2 Malays in Kandy The central kingdom of Kandy had been a refuge for Malays deserting or escaping from the colonial powers ever since the Portuguese times. Malays fighting for the Sinhalese king Rahju against the Portuguese in 1587 are mentioned by Powell (1973:26). During Dutch and British rule, more Malays had escaped the colonial forces and fled to Kandy.

In 1865, the detachments in Hambantota, Badulla, Kurunegala and Jaffna were withdrawn (Hussainmiya 1990:101). The police department took over some of the duties from the CRR and many Malays switched over. ). With no warfare at all in 25 years, it did not seem acceptable to finance the CRR any further and the Regiment was disbanded in 1873, leaving the remaining 700 Malays to take up new occupations (Hussainmiya 1990:99). 300 of them are known to have joined the police. Few discharged soldiers went back to the SEAA.

In 1849 the Regiment was short of 483 men, in 1851, 22 companies were reduced to 18 companies, and in 1854, to 14, of which 11 were Malay. In 1865, the detachments in Hambantota, Badulla, Kurunegala and Jaffna were withdrawn (Hussainmiya 1990:101). The police department took over some of the duties from the CRR and many Malays switched over. ). With no warfare at all in 25 years, it did not seem acceptable to finance the CRR any further and the Regiment was disbanded in 1873, leaving the remaining 700 Malays to take up new occupations (Hussainmiya 1990:99).

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