On the subject of Malay books, this one is interesting. I bought this a number of years ago but from time to time I refer to this book for some of my Golden Legacy articles. This book was published in 1995, so it is a bit old. But I saw one the other day at Mega and sometimes during the books show, this book is still around. It cost me $14.40 but I don't know what the price is now.
Anyway, this book written by Jatswan Sidhu, a historian with Universiti Malaya focused his writing on the socio-economic history of Brunei. His primary source was the Brunei Annual Reports with added materials from other sources. If you have access to the Brunei Annual Reports, you could probably come up with something similar but I guess not that many people other than researchers and economic historians or sociologist were willing to do that. Jatswan Sidhu did just that.
I am not sure whether Jatswan Sidhu had ever visited Brunei but sometimes I get the feeling when he wrote this, he has not. He probably would have by now. But nevertheless he has managed to write in essence the physical development history of Brunei. I just wish someone in UBD did this instead of a non-Bruneian.
It is a good read and worthwhile the $14.40 I invested in it.