|A historical future|
Let us hypothesize further. It is probably safe to assume that given today’s collaborative technologies, the Lancaster House Independence Treaty of 8 February 1956 might have been signed much sooner, and the Tunku’s inspiring Merdeka speech of 31 August 1957 would have been delivered earlier. Indeed, everything might have moved faster in post-colonial Malaya if it had the benefit of modern communication tools: the formation of Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak, the country’s industrial revolution, the shift to the information age.
Beyond these conjectures, however, it is impossible to guess what effects such modern communications technologies might have had on the world back then.
What we do know is that collaborative technologies give organizations a competitive edge in today’s global economy, and that even small businesses have found significant cost savings and productivity benefits in these tools.
Might these technologies have had the same effect on governments and international negotiations back in the 1950s?
Only the Tunku would have known the answer to that question.
Happy Merdeka, everyone!