Most people recognize Cameron Highlands of its tea production. And occasionally, strawberries. The stress on tea and strawberries is really misleading. It is more than that; Cameron Highlands is a major agricultural center in Malaysia. In fact, I probably would not be guilty of exaggeration if I stated that without Cameron Highlands, Singapore would have a serious shortage of greens.
I stayed in Brinchang — one of the major settlements there — for two days last week and in front of my room was a valley of farms:
This is really in the middle of a huge jungle complex:
The environmental damage here seems to be minimal. This is probably because this area has been opened long ago. For areas such as the Bertam Valley however, the disregard for the environment is hard to miss.