Derek Mackay is a retired member of HM Customs and Excise service in Malaya.
'...a magisterial account of the Service.' '...the definitive work on an important and neglected aspect of Malaysian history.'Simon Hutchinson, Overseas Pensioner, October 2005 '...a fascinating memoir.'Spectator, 19th November 2005. 'Elegantly written and well-illustrated... provides historians of British Malaya with a mine of useful information and much food for thought about the nature and efficacy of a colonial rule.' - Asian Affairs