• Short Summary

    High up in the jungle covered hills of Perak/Pahang State Border five thousand feet above sea level lies the Cameron Highlands one of Malaya's most popular hill stations where blankets are added to sheets at night and fires are welcome once the sun sets.

  • Description

    High up in the jungle covered hills of Perak/Pahang State Border five thousand feet above sea level lies the Cameron Highlands one of Malaya's most popular hill stations where blankets are added to sheets at night and fires are welcome once the sun sets.

    Located at the end of a forty odd mile road from Tapah on the plains, a journey that was once advisable to take under the watchful eyes of an armoured escort, the high valleys offer much to the visitors in delightfully sited bungalows, an attractive and extremely difficult golf course and many pleasant walks free from the heat and humidity of the low country.

    It is to the walker that the notice board are an attraction. One cannot miss them. Here one tells of food restrictions ... and in the shop one's tins of food are perforated before delivery so that they must be used at once and not stored, in case the terrorists might use them. Another notice shows the location of the troops who with the police guard and valleys and patrol the jungle in the never ending search for the same terrorists.

    More notices spell out danger from landslides ... and one such took vehicles both private and army with it, others request courtesy on the golf course and one ... now almost obliterated refuses passage to troops not on duty and advises civilians to take head .... It was a mile or two from this last that a terrorist ambush once netted all too many of a convoy sent out to recover a vehicle from down a hillside.

    Those days are past and, as stated, the board is more than half obliterated. The road beyond is now a well travelled highway. On to the "Green Cow", burned by the terrorists and now just a memory it goes to fork right to the Blue Valley, romantically named, where much of the Federation's fresh vegetable crop is grown, and left past a tea estate and up and up until it ends six thousand six hundred and sixty six feet above sea level at the summit of Gunong Brinchang crowned with its VHF Relay Station serving most of North Malaya and with lights visible at night nearly one hundred miles away.

    This last road is a test to a car and here again there is a notice warning of falling stones. Most of Malaya's views are obscured by scenery and the mountains are in the main jungle covered to the summits but from Brinchang, where the authorities have erected a shelter for the explorer, there is a magnificent view right to the coast with the hills falling away as in no other place in the Federation. Mostly the mountain is shrouded in mist but in the mornings the watcher from the summit can often shoot the Camerons valleys with his camera .... and wonder how his car ever made the top.

    In the Camerons too the army is much in evidence. Occasionally a nippy little scout car will zipp along one of the roads. The Malay Regiment keeps a camp there and it is the home of the Slim School well remembered by many children who have now left the Federation.

    There too is a hospital where members of the forces covalence and where once the victims of ambushes were treated and there too are change of air bungalows where Officers, Other Ranks and their families can enjoy a change of air during their tour in the Far East.

    Even the race horses come up into the hills from time to time to enjoy the air and tho' they cannot speak they seem to enjoy their stay just as much as the humans.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2TQN2TRKSS32S89BCO7H1EXIF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2TQN2TRKSS32S89BCO7H1EXIF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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