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But Ceylon was pacified and there was not much to do for the CRR. To make use of the men under arms, a Malay detachment was sent to serve in Hong Kong from 1847 to 1854. Service in Hong Kong was not popular and casualties were high (Hussainmiya 1990:99). As a consequence of this, the already low popularity of the CRR with the Malays fell further: “By the 1850s it became relatively difficult to find Malays willing to serve in the CRR” (Hussainmiya 1990:88). In 1848, the Regiment was engaged against a rebellion.
Already in 4 For more on soccage, see Ludowyk (1966:31), Codrington (1926:149f), De Silva (1981:164). 12 CHAPTER 2. HISTORY OF THE SRI LANKAN MALAYS Batavia, they are likely to have developed a group identity while waiting to be sent to the battlefield (Vlekke 1943:174). This identity and cohesion would have been further strengthened in the unknown foreign country. In Batavia, there were different kampungs for the different ethnic groups (de Haan 1935:451ff). But this does not mean that there was no contact between the different groups.
As a consequence of this, the already low popularity of the CRR with the Malays fell further: “By the 1850s it became relatively difficult to find Malays willing to serve in the CRR” (Hussainmiya 1990:88). In 1848, the Regiment was engaged against a rebellion. This was its last military action. The regiment continued to shrink. 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 In 1865, the detachments in Hambantota, Badulla, Kurunegala and Jaffna were withdrawn (Hussainmiya 1990:101).