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A view over one of several tea plantations belonging to BOH in the Cameron Highlands.

Boh Tea is the largest producer of tea in Malaysia, based primarily in Cameron Highlands with three large plantations across Ringlet and Brinchang. The main estate sits at Habu in Ringlet next to its immediate neighbour Fairlie Garden, while Sungai Palas is a sister plantation about 20km away in Brinchang.

BOH Plantations was founded in 1929 by J. A. Russell, a British-born British-educated businessman during the British colonial era in Malaya. Russell arrived in Kuala Lumpur at age seven, in 1890; the primary export was then tin.

Despite the worldwide Great Depression at the time BOH was founded, Russell was optimistic about the tea plantation business, due to steady demand. Russell was granted a concession of land together with veteran tea-planter A.B. Milne from Ceylon for the first BOH tea garden in Habu. This it was to be the first tea garden in the Cameron Highlands. At the time, the land was undeveloped jungle terrain, on steep slopes; with a steamroller and mule-teams, the stepped plantation was created.

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