Malaysia Stamp & Philately Reference Guide
+ Country   : Malaysia
+ Sub-Area  : Selangor
+ Class     : Stamp & Philatey
+ Prefix    : MYSEL
+ Σ Group   : 59
+ Σ Stamp   : 289
+ Σ Variety : 103
+ Σ FDC     : 5
+ Σ Pr. Pack: 1
+ Σ Listing : Postage Stamp, Booklet, Revenue & Tax, Judicial & Official, Postcard Prepaid (With Indicia), Envelope & Prepaid Envelope, Envelope Registered
In the 15th century, Selangor was ruled by the Sultanate of Malacca. After the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese in 1511, the area became hotly disputed between the Portuguese, Johor, Aceh and Siam. When the Dutch displaced the Portuguese from Malacca in 1641, they brought in Muslim Bugis mercenaries from Sulawesi. They established the present hereditary sultanate in 1740. In many districts, Bugis settlers displaced the Minangkabau settlers from Sumatra, who had established themselves in Selangor some 100 years previously.

In the 19th century, the economy boomed due to the exploitation of huge tin reserves and the growing importance of rubber. This attracted a large influx of Chinese migrant laborers. Chinese secret clan societies, allied with Selangor chiefs, fought for control of the tinmines. The increasing violence created social and economic havoc. It also opened a window of opportunity for the British government, which forced the Sultan of Selangor to accept a British Resident in 1874. Under the stability imposed by the British, Selangor again prospered. In 1896, largely through the coordination of the Resident, Frank Swettenham, Selangor united with Negri Sembilan, Perak and Pahang to form the Federated Malay States, with its capital in Kuala Lumpur.