Thursday, October 13, 2011
SO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE CLOUDS OF C. HIGHLANDS
A Kulup Riau was amongst his party when they discovered a plateaux on the border of Perak and Pahang in 1885 and now known as Cameron Highlands.
The mists and clouds were still enveloping Tanah Rata (1430m a.s.l.) in 1973 when I was first posted there. Now at 1600m at my farm near the summit of Gunung Brinchang the clouds will surround you. It is the highest farm anywhere else - Fraser's Hill, Bkt Larut, Kundangsang, in Malaysia perhaps.
You have to past Pak Itam's house and the BOH Plantations as you wind up along the narrow road to G. Brinchang.
It has been being rented out to grow cabbage for a long while. They employ Bangladeshi workers.
By Najib's definition I'm a rentier.
At that high altitude cabbage grows well without much watering because it's always misty and moist plus the frequent rain.
Leaf pests are less severe because of the lower temperature. This means less pesticides are needed.
Could it become my last bastion before oblivion? Or just a dream!