Coastal Forest and a Palm Oil Plantation on Carey Island. The island was named after Edward Valentine John Carey, an English planter who acquired the land from the Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman, Shah of Selangor, to start a rubber plantation. Before the acquisition, this was a traditional settlement area for the Mah-Meri, one of the aborigine Orang Asli tribes of Malaysia that lived and foraged in the rainforests and mangroves that once dominated the island landscape. Rubber was introduced to Carey Island in 1905 and a permanent work force established in 1907. Today, the island is dominated by palm oil plantations owned by Sime Darby.