Cameron Highlands – From Hill Station to Agricultural Heartland


Cameron Highlands derives its name from William Cameron, a government surveyor who brought official note to its surrounding plateau in 1885. Cameron never saw the present site of the Highlands though, having died of sickness in Singapore on November 9, 1886.1

The colonial government continued to explore the area, gradually constructing a road connecting Tapah to the hinterlands.2 Discussions ensued on the Highland’s future, and Sir Hugh Low, then British Resident of Perak, suggested for it to be developed into a health resort with agricultural or horticultural purposes.3

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