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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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Bukit Ibam mine workers threatened

Bukit Ibam Mine in HistoryBerita Harian 13 Oktober 1970

Berita Harian, 13 October 1970

Rompin (Pahang), Monday – Some 1,000 workers at Bukit Ibam mine, here will face a bleak future when the mines closed in the middle of this month.

The mine will be closed after facing losses since last year, a few workers told Berita Harian recently.

An employee of the mine, Mr. Sulaiman bin Abdul Manaf, said his employer will begin to retrench the workers in the middle of this month.

Mr. Sulaiman, 37 years have five children, explained that in the past the mine workers were paid satisfactory.

Expensive

“Every employee is paid rather good salary compared to the estate and warehouse workers.

“But now we have to be stop worked. And I do not know what should I do after this, ” his added

Several other workers were told that mine employer have yet to give them further details of the quantum of the compensation.

“But if given the money, it cannot supports our lives forever,” said Mr. Kamal bin Abdullah, representing the workers.

Relocate

Some of the employees propose to open new land for cultivation or start a business when they receive compensation monies.

The others make their recommendation that the Government to enroll them into FELDA land schemes or other land projects.

At present about 200 workers have been moved back to their village to start a new life.

There are several shops in the area also started to migrate for business in other areas.

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Rehabilitation of Rompin town

Bukit Ibam in History

BH 18NOV 1970 Pemulihan Pekan RompinBerita Harian, 18 November 1970

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.

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