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Flood Damaged Tepisoh River Bridge in 1970/1971 – derailed the train and equipments

When the Mine closed in 1970, I was given the task of dismantling the treatment plant and shipping it, together with other plant and machinery, to Tanjong Tengku for disposal.

The huge floods at the end of 1970 and early 1971 damaged the railway line in several locations, and finally, huge logs floating down the flooded river damaged the tressells of the Tepisoh railway bridge over the river, twisting the steel rails and causing  a derailment of the train and wagons, which caused the plant and machinery to fall into the valley below the bridge.

Cranes mounted on railway flat top wagons were brought from Tanjong Tengku to the coastal side of the damaged bridge and the machinery and plant were lifted up from the valley and loaded back onto  flat top wagons and finally hauled down to Tanjong Tengku.

It was a very challenging situation, and I was very pleased when the project was completed and all the plant and machinery from Bukit Ibam was finally transferred to Tanjong Tengku.

The steel rail tracks and sleepers were subsequently dismantled and hauled to Tanjong Tengku for disposal, after I had left Rompinco in March 1971

]as narrated by Graeme Scanlon]

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Official Opening of Bukit Ibam Mine on 7th July 1962

The Rompin Mining Co. Senior Staff welcoming the Sultan of Pahang to Bukit Ibam
The Sultan of Pahang addressing the guests with the GM of Rompin Mining Co. Mr J.N.McHugh behind and to the left of the Sultan, before the Sultan pushed a button to start the Treatment Plant, and officially declared the Mine open
The Sultan and his playing partner playing tennis on the courts adjacent to the Company school at Bukit Ibam
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Bukit Ibam Mine – Iron Ore Treatment Plant [Part 2]

Picture25Tailings Area

Picture26Fines stockpile

Picture27Classifier washing the fines

Picture28Treatment plant view

Picture29Treatment plant view

Picture30Conveyors and screens

Picture31Washing screens​

Picture32Conveyor from primary crusher to Blade mill

Picture33Primary crusher

Picture34Feeding Ore into the primary crusher​

Picture35Treatment plant control panel at primary crusher

Picture36Stream to the tailings dam

Picture37Sluice gates at weir

Picture38Pumping station​

Picture39Power Station control panel​s

Picture40Power Station control panel​

Picture41View of Treatment plant and stockpile

Picture42Train loading bin

Picture43Blade mill emptying onto screen

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Pahang take over the mine complex

Bukit Ibam Mine in History

Berita Harian  4FEB, 1971Berita Harian, 4 February 1971

Kuantan, Wednesday

Government of Pahang today formally took over the Bukit Ibam complex from Rompin Mining Company Limited, which was closed late last year.

This morning, acting Chief Minister of Pahang, Dato ‘Haji Abdul Aziz bin Ahmad, has presented a check worth $ 680,000 to the mine goods dealer, Mr Philip Robinson, at the State Operations Room.

Mr. Philip from the George Cohen, who sells mining equipment company said and clarifying that the company was giving out free of the officials and employees residential houses as well as shops and hospital to Government of Pahang.

Employee

Dato Aziz expressed gratitude for the contribution and expects such cooperation to be followed by other private companies.

He further explained that the money of $ 680,000 is to buy electric facilities, water supply and a workshop in Bukit Ibam.

The Government also took the 45 former employees of the mining company to serve the complex.

According to Dato Aziz, these workers are mainly employed in the workshop acquired and turned into a workshop of Syarikat Perkayuan Bukit Ibam owned by MARA.

Acting Chief Minister of Pahang, advised the employees to serve well and do not be too choosy

The complex is now turned to ​​200,000 acres of timber complex.

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Problem arise as the mine closed

Bukit Ibam Mine in History

Berita Harian 22NOV 1970 Masalah Tutup Lombong

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.

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Govt takeover of Rompin for land project

Bukit Ibam Mine in History

The Straits Times 17NOV 1970 Govt TakeoverThe Straits Times, 17 November 1970

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.

Survey

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.

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