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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.

mamadou

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.

mamadou

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.

mamadou

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.

mamadou