SAVAGE MALAYS OF SELANGOR
Besisi.a Like many wild races in other parts, they are reticent and shy of strangers, and will frequently hide in the jungle or up trees when a white man is visiting their settlement for the first time. This shyness, however, wears off much sooner than it does with the Malay, so long as they are well and justly treated ; in fact, in many cases it soon entirely disappears.
Their ignorance not unfrequently takes a form which though natural enough in itself, appears exceedingly comical to a European.
Batin Tirus of Telok Pulai once asked Mr. G. C. Bellamy if he could take off his boots. He apparently had an idea that the white man was born with boots on. Mr. Bellamy asked him how old he was, and although he was a great-great-grandfather, his reply was a More than ten years old a (a Sapuloh tahun lSbih a ). He put the same question to the Jinang at Sa-jangkang, and received a similar reply.1 I myself have had exactly similar experiences.
The Besisi are to a man most hospitable and liberal, and their sense of gratitude is far more developed than is the case with the Malays. Mr. Bellamy adds that they never forget a kindness, and always remember the a Tuan a (White Man) who visited them on such and such an occasion.2
If treated properly, they will do almost anything to oblige. On several occasions Mr. Bellamy had to use them as guides through the jungle, and all that he had to do was to state his requirements, when, without any hesitation or bargaining for wages, they at once afforded him the assistance required.8
1 Bellamy, p. 228.