Introduction: Arbitration In Malaysia — History And Infrastructure

The island of Penang was founded in 1786. Penang subsequently became part of the Straits Settlements comprising Penang, Malacca and Singapore. In 1874, the British entered into treaty arrangements with the Sultans of the Malay States, and British protection was extended to the whole of Malaya and the British legal system was introduced to Malaya. The Arbitration Ordinance XIII of 1809 of the Straits Settlements was Malaysia’s first piece of arbitration legislation.