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Bukit Ibam Mine : History Re-visit

Bukit Ibam Mine In History

Bukit Ibam In History - Workshop Bukit Ibam 1962Rompin Co Workshop at Bukit Ibam in 1962.

Recently I received a comment and an email from our reader.  I publish here his comment.

Hi Mamadou.

To get to the point, I was taken by your article on Bukit Ibam immediately since I was a founder pupil at Lanjut School and the first Dux of the school at Bukit Ibam where my father was Mechanical Superintendent from 1962 (replacing a man named Ian Keyte) until 1965.

I only mention this as there were comments from people suggesting otherwise. As well I have a photo that will interest someone who worked there or whose father worked there which I shall attach and let you decide if it is worth putting on the website.

In support of the statement above I will also attach the farewell dinner photo that will also provoke memories for some.

By the way I am now quite ill and on oxygen (a legacy of being brought up around the mine?) but if these photos provoke your interest I am happy to let you use them and if you have any questions I will try and write some background for them.  If you would like to load the group photo on the Bukit Ibam thread, maybe someone will recognise themselves and the ball will roll again. 🙂

Yours sincerely

Temujin Lester Hanlon

Bukit Ibam In History - Workshop Bukit Ibam 1962 [Enlargement]“I have a feeling it is the “dayshift” and taken shortly before we left the mine so it could be early 1965.  The man indicated by the left arrow is my father, N.J. “Tim” Hanlon Mechanical Superintendent Bukit Ibam.  The second arrow indicates Mr. Greg Larkin assistant to the Superintendent; and the arrow on right indicates Mr. Ian Grey also an assistant to the Superintendent.  Both Mr. Larkin and Mr. Grey were Australians and Tim Hanlon was a New Zealander (Passed away 22nd November,  1989)” – TJ Hanlon. Enlargement of the group photograph taken at Rompin Co Workshop at Bukit Ibam in 1962 – Contribution of T.J. Hanlon

Bukit Ibam In History - Greg LarkinsGreg Larkins – anyone of you remember about him? – Contribution of Vignesh Baskaran Pillai

Bukit Ibam In History - Baskaran (seated-left)Baskaran Pillai (seated left) – Contribution of Vignesh Baskaran Pillai

Bukit Ibam In History - Don Woods (Mine Supt and GM)Don Woods; Mine Superintendent and General Manager.  Also featured here N.J. Hanlon and wife – Contribution of Vignesh Baskaran Pillai

Bukit Ibam In History - Peter Randall (Mgmt Accountant)Featured here, Peter Randall; Management Accountant.  Anybody know the rest? – Contribution of Vignesh Baskaran Pillai

Bukit Ibam In History - Farewell Party for NJ Hanlon (Incl. Baskaran 1 (office) & 2 (foreman)At farewell party for N.J. Hanlon. Featured here N.J. Hanlon and wife, Daisy, Baskaran(1) – [Office staff] and Baskaran (2)- [Foreman] – Contribution of Vignesh Baskaran Pillai

Bukit Ibam In History - NJ Hanlon (Mechanical Superitendent)“Pictured are my mother Daisy and Father “Tim” (N.J.) Hanlon” – Contribution of T.J. Hanlon.   This same photo also contributed by Vignesh Baskaran Pillai

Hope some of the readers may recognise themselves or they were your friends or relatives.  Then you may start to tie your long lost friendship again.



20 responses to “Bukit Ibam Mine : History Re-visit

  1. Trevor Hislop January 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Hello Graeme
    Sorry I missed you when visiting Singapore and Bukit Ibam. You mentioned Jack and Anita Ross. When we returned to NZ in 1970, I was employed to manage maintenance at Waipipi Ironsands in the North Island. The new project was to refine titanomagnetite from sand-dunes and pump the product offshore to bulk tankers for Japan. Sound familiar? On my second day I asked if they had a pilot for shipping and stated that I knew of one who could be available. The next day I met Jack Ross who had just also been employed!!!! He became our neighbour through the seventies until we moved to Canada in 1980.. my address is I will be in touch.

  2. mamadou January 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you Mr. Scanlon on your updates
    hope more and more friends of Bukit Ibam wil be connected again

  3. Graeme Scanlon January 14, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Trevor. Nice to hear from you. I remember you advising that you would be coming to Singapore some years ago, but we never actually met, I still live in Singapore and now semi-retired.. I last visited Bukit Ibam in 1988 with Jack and Anita Ross of Eastern Stevedoring Lanjut.
    Glenn Schumacher visited Singapore last year, and made the trip to Lanjut and Ibam, and gave me an update of the dilapidated conditions, which was a bit sad.I used to communicate with 20+ ex Rompin people every Christmas, which has now dwindled to 4 only, so our numbers are getting rather sparse. You can contact me at
    All the best for 2108

  4. Graeme Scanlon January 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Hi mamadou, I have some newspaper articles about the Bukit Ibam project from the 1960s to 1970 which I have photographed,
    If you would like to have them to add to your blog, kindly advise how I can get them to you.
    Regards, Graeme Scanlon

  5. mamadou January 12, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Hi Trevor
    Thank you for your update

  6. Trevor Hislop January 12, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Hello Graeme from Trevor Hislop
    Good to see you are still alive and kicking! So many of those who bid us farewell when we left Bukit Ibam in June,1970 have passed on – Dave Newick, Ian Dawson, Marie Larkins, and many others. Brian Dick lives in the USA in a retirement home, Greg Larkins still lives in Sydney. And we live in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I had heard that Bert Bain had died many years ago? We visited Bukit Ibam and Lanjut a couple of years ago on a nostalgic trip. The rest house is falling down. The main mine of course is a lake. Our old house is unused and overgrown. Big changes to the village but the police sergeant was happy to be our tour guide! Mamadou – note my new email address please.
    Trevor Hislop

  7. mamadou January 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Mr. Scanlon

    Great to know that you were there too

    Hope anyone who read this will able to get in-touch with you.

    With the closure of RompinCo, no other mining acitvities in similar scale in Malaysia

    Thank you

  8. Graeme Scanlon January 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Mamadou, Whilst searching the internet for another site, I found your “Bukit Ibam Mine In History” blog, spanning the years 1949 to 1970 of the Rompin Mining Co. Bukit Ibam Mine and coastal operations.
    You obviously spent some considerable time researching old media reports to record the events over those years in your interesting blog which brought back memories of the days I spent working as the Electrical Superintendent at Bukit Ibam from 1061 to 1971, and I’m wondering why you chose that subject for your blog. However, regardless of your motives, may I say “Thank you” for your efforts to record the project in history, and I hope your readers are able to enjoy the story of the enormously difficult and expensive project which bought significant benefits to the state of Pahang, and citizens who were employed on the project. Unfortunately, the mining activities ceased in 1970 due to economic circumstances earlier than originally planned, and alternative plans to develop agriculture in the mining leases never came to fruition, and Rompinco was wound up and was consigned to history.
    I would be delighted to hear from any of the ex-employees if they care to contact me by email through your good offices in passing on my email address.

  9. Sani ghafar May 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Kok hua ho
    Did u remember Normah Hasnan

  10. Sani ghafar May 4, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Kok hua ho
    Did you remember Normah Hasnan

  11. Sani ghafar May 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Dera mr.mamadou.
    I’am..residency live and life in Bukit Ibam until now. On behalf now residency of Bukit Ibam.give a salute and very thanksful that moments you was capture and share it me it’svery delightful moment to see..and now on behalf Bukit Ibam organise villager will be keepit that picture to our genaration knowing too..
    Can also see it on
    From Sani Ghafar.

  12. mamadou May 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Martin

    How are you?
    Glad to know that you were in Bukit Ibam and part of the history

    Do you know any of the commentators here in?

  13. Jeff Martin May 2, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    My Dad worked in as a geologist 1960 to 1963 ( Ray Martin} Myself my brother and sister were born there Well Singapre and K.L.

  14. Trevor Hislop March 26, 2017 at 5:56 am

    My daughter Tracy Hislop also attended the English School at Bukit Ibam from 1967 to 1970 while I was a Mechanical Supervisor at the Mine. Tracy is married and lives at Palmerston North in New Zealand. She has 2 daughters and 1 son plus 2 grandchildren.
    Trevor Hislop

  15. Kok Hua Ho March 25, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Hello, I happened to come across your blog. I spent 3 years – 1967 to 1970 in the English school at Bukit Ibam.
    I remember learning about kangaroos and boomerang
    There was a weekly Saturday excursion to the swimming pool. The tennis courts, the ‘tuck shop’ and the school sports.
    Teachers- Head master a Mr Coverny, Mr & Mrs Gun, Mr Bank, Mr Choo.
    I also remember the movies played after school- Alice in Wonderland also being in a Huckleberry Finn play.
    Do you have any contacts with the teachers or anyone from the school?
    My dad worked there as an electrical chargeman

  16. mamadou January 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Glenn
    Very delighted to receive your response. How are you doing?

    Happy New Year 2015

  17. Glenn Schumacher. January 1, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Dear Trevor & Beryl,
    Great to hear about former Bukit Ibam people. I remember the Kirbys.
    By the way Marie Larkins is now dead. I occasionally catch up with Greg and will try and do so early in 2015. Greg still lives in Sydney.
    Warmest best wishes for 2015
    Glenn Schumacher (Son of Butch and Betty)

  18. Trevor Hislop December 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Beryl. Your father also worked with Graham Scanlon who was the Electrical Superintendent from 196? to mine closure in 1970. Last heard of living in Singapore. Greg Larkins and Marie live in Sydney.

  19. Beryl Crook née Kirby December 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    My father was Charles William Kirby. Electrical Engineer who worked with all the men pictured. I even remember them Wonderful memories.

  20. Trevor Hislop February 10, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Tim Hanlon was followed by Ian Dawson (New Zealand) in 1965 as Mechanical Superintendent. Ian Grey returned to King Island in 1966? and Brian Dick (Australia) and I (Trevor Hislop – New Zealand) were recruited to the Mine as Mechanical Supervisors in 1967 working alongside Greg Larkins and reporting to Ian Dawson(now deceased). Ian returned to NZ in 1969? and was replaced by Ian Grey until the Mine closure in 1970. Greg Larkins and Marie are still living in Sydney. I live in Dunedin – NZ. Brian Dick and Fay are where ?

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