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and Machado,1 who have since Loganas time reported on these southern tribes, all agree with his account of their condition in the matter of language.
Similarly Emeric2 states that the Sakai along the Klau river in Pahang speak only Malay, with a a faint soupfon of the guttural brogue that enables one to recognise aborigines within earshot, even if dressed like Malays and speaking Malay a ; and Clifford, in his manuscript notes communicated to me, records having met a clan of Sakai between Tras and Bentong, in the same part of Pahang, who spoke only Malay even amongst themselves, and explained it by claiming to be descended from a Rawa8 Malay ancestor, who, being invulnerable from his birth, could not be circumcised and had therefore to go and live in the jungle with the wild aborigines. No doubt the legend was invented to account for the fact of their speaking only Malay, but curiously enough some members of the clan were themselves circumcised, though it is not stated (and does not appear likely) that they were converts to Islam.
So too Lawder4 in 1887 wrote, with reference to Kuala Selangor, that the very few Sakai in that district spoke only Malay; and about the same time Turney5 wrote of the Klang Sakai, that they themselves asserted that their language was Malay. Similar statements have also been made as to the Ulu Selangor Sakai.0
Yet words have been recorded quite recently in the last-named district which prove that the old dialects
1 J.R.A.S., S.B.y No. 38, p. 31. situate about lat. oA 40' S., long. iooA
2 Calcutta Review, January 1904, E. (of Greenwich), adjoining the Man-No. ccxxxv. p. 59. deling Batak country.
3 I believe these Rawa people come 4 Sel. Journ. vol. iii. p. 224.
from an inland region in Sumatra, 6 Ibid. 6 Ibid. vol. v. p. 398.from an inland region in Sumatra, 6 Ibid. 6 Ibid. vol. v. p. 398.