Kepada sahabat2 saya di Tanah Melayuwhich means:
To my friends in MalayaI'm ashamed to admit that Burgess's jawi penmanship is better than mine.
Also, I found this highly amusing. Overleaf from the dedication is a disclaimer which states:
The Malay state of Lanchap and its town and inhabitants do not really exist.One of the meanings of the word "lanchap" in Malay is "masturbate". Tee hee! Other meanings include "slippery" or "saying something without meaning to, or by accident" but that's not as immature or funny.