DEALINGS WITH OTHER RACES
more at home with them, and deal with them in preference to the Malays.1
Finally, we are told by Letessier that what chiefly distinguishes the Sakai from the Malays is the natural simplicity of their manner. They have a childlike openness of speech and are scrupulously just in their dealings. This uprightness and simplicity is so visibly expressed on their frank and smiling countenances, that even when they are attired like Malays it is almost invariably possible to recognise them when encountered on a journey. Both their food and clothing are as simple as possible ; they find all their wants supplied by the forest.
Sakai of Ulu Langat.a Campbell, in writing of the Ulu Langat Sakai, states that their manners were simple, and that they were naturally liberal, and would share anything in their house with any one, and were hurt if their offer were refused. At the same time, they were neither spiteful nor vindictive, and though many of them had guns, they were not brave enough to hunt the elephant or bison, and were not ashamed to say so.
A curious feature of their hospitality, pointed out by Campbell, is that whenever asked to do anything they would at once comply, but would not as a rule offer to do it of their own accord.
On the other hand, they would not refuse any gifts that might be offered them, and indeed in most cases, would look for presents whenever a European visited their settlements.
Their mode of trading was very simple, and they never got the best of a bargain.8
1 Letessier, p. 99.
2 Campbell, p. 240.