Cameron Highlands: The Making of Malaysia’s Largest Hill Station

By Enzo Sim

January 2024 FEATURE
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IN 1884, the British administration in Malaya became interested in developing a hill station in the Titiwangsa mountain range. Sir William Cameron, a government surveyor, was dispatched on a mapping expedition across the hinterlands of Ulu Pahang. In contrast to common belief, it is highly unlikely that he ever saw, much less explored, the region which came to be named after him.This conclusion was made by JB Scrivenor, the first Government Geologist of the Federated Malay States (FMS) and the...

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  • [8] Bill Fairlie, Reminiscences of Boh Estate, 1976.
Enzo Sim

is a Mass Communications graduate who has an unwavering passion towards international relations, history and regional affairs of Southeast Asia. His passion has brought him to different Southeast Asian capitals to explore the diverse cultural intricacies within the region.