The Malaysian Industry: . A Brief History to the mid 1980s. HENRY S. BARLOW. Southdene Sdn Bhd,. P O Box 10139, 50704 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This paper sets out in brief the history of the industry from its earlier beginnings when Penang was annexed in 1786 through to the completion of Malaysianisation by the end of the 1980s: almost exactly 200 years.