For our Malaysian studies assignment titled “May 13 Tragedy”, we have little luck to find raw and unbiased information online. We have no choice but to follow some other enthusiastic groups did – Pay a visit to Arkib Negara.
Arkib Negara is like a library, but instead of storing all publications, they store mostly original stuffs, such as newspapers those days, classified reports, documents, manuscripts, interviews, etc. You need to register as researcher first before you can enter the library, but the cost is zero, so don’t be afraid, your money is yours.
You can enter the place as many times as you like as long as you have the card, as shown above. There is also wifi connection, I downloaded iOS 506 which sized about 760MB in about 5 minutes, which is near 16Mb/s if you do the math, but that maybe is because not many people is in the place yet.
You will be satisfied of how many information and sources are in the archive. The photo you see above is actually Arvind and Navin preparing the stand for three months worth of newspaper, in this case, The Straits Time, from March to June 1969. He placed the order but it took the librarian 30 minutes to actually find it. Newspapers are no doubt the best source of unbiased data that time, before our government impose stringent rules on mass media. You will also find a lot of strippers, porn cinemas advertisements inside, no kidding! I cant post them here though to avoid getting sued, but I took about 70 photos of the newspaper with the agreement that I do not publicize the content, so if you want to know, go check it out yourself.
For those who are doing Malaysian Studies assignment, pay a visit to National Archive. If you dont, you will regret it later. But if you do, thank me later.
Of yea, the wifi speed of Arkib, but it really is not less than 1 minute to download a quarter gig of data though.