Classifier washing the fines
Treatment plant view
Treatment plant view
Conveyors and screens
Conveyor from primary crusher to Blade mill
Feeding Ore into the primary crusher
Treatment plant control panel at primary crusher
Stream to the tailings dam
Sluice gates at weir
Power Station control panels
Power Station control panel
View of Treatment plant and stockpile
Train loading bin
Blade mill emptying onto screen
Before the railway line completed all supplies and equipments have to be transported through river
The craft on the Rompin River bringing equipment to Kampong Aur from where it was hauled by Skids behind Bulldozers to the Mine site in 1961.
The first “B” Rocker delivered by rail to Bukit Ibam in 1962.
The distance by river from Kuala Rompin to Kampong Aur was a “Winding” 120 miles, so we were pleased when the railway reached Bukit Ibam and we could bring the Treatment Plant machinery from the coast directly to the Mine by the 50 mile railway.
Bukit Ibam Mine in History
Berita Harian 22 November 1970
Since some time ago, the news of the closure of two mines in the country have been regularly published in the newspapers.
The news is generally sad because its makes thousands of people who suddenly face a bleak future due to the closure of the mines.
It is true that the government intends to help overcome their difficulties. Iron mine workers in Dungun will be helped by the government to participate in the new land development and oil palm plantation projects.
Workers at Bukit Ibam, Rompin recently visited by the Prime Minister himself who guarantee will launch several programs to help them.
However we are sad. Sad about the fate that befalls us if we are too much dependent on the investors – either overseas or local investors.
The dark fate that not only fall on the workers. But tens of thousands of others to follow is affected by the decision to close the mines is
Dungun dependent on revenue Bukit Besi. Even the state of Terengganu depending on the mine.
Can revenue from Bukit Besi replaced by other sources?
So far only those employees of the mine who would be lost their jobs.
What is the case with Dungun town itself? What is the case with the farmers who are dependent on selling their agricultural products to the mine workers?
What is the case with the fishermen who catch products purchased by the mine workers?
What is the case with business in the town of Dungun?
We think the committee formed to look at the problem of the closure of the mine should be reinforced and to look into the importance and severity of the problems faced by the closure of the mine in Bukit Besi.
Bukit Ibam in History
ROMPIN town will not dim with the closing of Bukit Ibam mine. Instead the government plans to make the town as centre of a large land development schemes in southeast Pahang which will accommodate lives of unemployed workers due to the closure of the mine.
Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, who held a one-day trip to Rompin on last Monday, announced that the government will soon take over the administration of Bukit Ibam and develop it as a town centre for a new land development scheme covering 2.5 million acres.
The opening log and veneer factories, construction of 4 miles road from Bukit Ibam to merge with Gambang-Segambat road and another that road that will connects Bukit Ibam to Lanjut, a port on the coast of Pahang, opening Lanjut as a tourist centre and the establishment of a cooperation between the Government of Pahang with a private company to run the remnants of the mine iron supplies – all of which are intended to maintains the town and the life of its inhabitants as in the past.
The workers – about 1,200 people – will be met by the projects. The problems faced by workers are to get a new job as soon as possible.
It is hoped that the projects can be implemented as soon as possible so that workers are not unemployed for long periods. There might be better if the position of the workers be scrutinised further to find anyone among them that really need a job fast, because of their commitment; also need to know of theirs know-how and skills, so they could be given jobs according to skill and knowledge respectively.
It is advisable to provide venue to provide advice to employees while they seek for their new employment.
Advice is important for them to understand what is and will be developed for them by the government.
Detailed plans are necessary to realign the lives of thousands who lost their jobs as it is complex and difficult.
Especially to those are habituated in their place of work.
The closure of the Bukit Ibam mine is not only directly affects the lives of workers but also residents of the town such as shopkeepers and traders who rely directly or indirectly to the employees of the mine.
Visit by Prime Minister Tun Razak to Rompin last Monday showed concern of the federal government.
Rehabilitation program are planned to restore the life of the town and its residents. This commitment would calm their minds as their live have been threatened of the result of the mine closure.
The new jobs may not be matched on income, but this should be faced head on. Meanwhile, as advised by the Prime Minister, consolation money given by their employer to the retrenched workers, should be utilised wisely.
While the government is ready to provide help, but effort made by themselves is more effective.
Bukit Ibam Mine in History
ROMPIN, Mon – Tun Abdul Razak flew in here today and assured the people their town will not die.
“Your mining town will be the nucleus for the giant Pahang Tenggara land development scheme,” the Prime Minister told the 1,200 retrenched workers of the Rompin mine.
He said the alternative employment would be found for them – some in and around the town itself, while others in various projects to be developed later on.
As an immediate measure, the Government would take over the running of Bukit Ibam Mine site and develop it into the nucleus town within 2.5 million-acre land development scheme.
A special team comprising officials of Public Works Department, the National Electricity Board and other Government agencies had begun surveying the area for the project that would cost $1 million initially.
After his meeting the officials of the mine, Tun Razak told reporters he was “satisfied” with the measure to be taken to rehabilitate the retrenched workers.
The Rompin Mine, operated by the Eastern Mining and Metals Company since 1962, at its peak employed more than 1,200 people and produced about two-and-a-quarter million tons of high grade ore annually.
About 800 employees have been now retrenched due to low output and the remaining workers would be retrenched at the end of January when the mine ceases operation.