The making of a book – Planters’ Centenary
Mahbob Abdullah | 06 Sep 2019 00:30

For the past few months I was involved in the making of a book called Planters’ Centenary. It is about the plantation industry and the Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP) since 1919, when the society was started.

To mark its hundred years, a committee was formed and some were asked to be volunteers. It was chaired by Datuk Henry Barlow and helped strongly by M.R. Chandran. I owed them favours, and when they saw me, I knew there was no way out.

Barlow is on the board of many companies. I knew his father Tom who controlled what was once called Barlow Boustead, and Highlands and Lowland Plantations, famous for forming strong management teams that stayed on through hard times, and in times of high rubber prices they would get excellent bonuses.

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