By HY Leong
Photos by Kelab Alami
STAFF of Kelab Alami Mukim Tanjung Kupang (KA) together with fishermen friends and Koperasi Alami Johor Berhad chairman Wan Salleh Junaini jointly spent yesterday cleaning up the former Tenggara Asia Tobex Factory, the future home of Kelab Alami Nature & Heritage Centre (KANHC).
“On behalf of Kelab Alami, I’d like to thank Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) and Johor Port Authority (LPJ) to allow us to temporarily occupy this land,” said KA co-founder Shalan Jum’at. “And to run CSR environmental activities here.”
Dr Serina Rahman, who is also a co-founder of KA added, “It has been our dream to showcase the flora and fauna biodiversity and fishing heritage of this unique mukim for many years, and with this opportunity, that dream will soon materialise.”
The Nature & Heritage Centre will be located opposite the Kampung Ladang Mosque.
Also on board are development consultants Razin Architects, Jurutera JRK Sdn Bhd (Civil & Structural Engineers), RMZ (Mechanical & Electrical Engineers), ARH Jurukur Bahan Sdn Bhd (Quantity Surveyor) and Jurukur Sejati (Surveyor). The team is led by its chief advisor Datuk Zamani Kassim, who is also the patron of Koperasi Alami Johor Berhad.
Project Manager Li Ann Tan said the consultants are committed to work on this pro bono.
“I’m indebted to the consultants who have graciously volunteered their time to help develop KANHC,” said Shalan.
In late February, Li Ann Tan and the development consultants inspected the site and found the building was structurally safe.
A site inventory was recorded during yesterday’s gotong royong to determine what needed renovation.
“We have received a grant from IRDA Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) for renovation and refurbished containers,” said Dr Serina.
Shalan added that the KANHC will be the education, tourism and commercial centre for Kelab Alami. “KANHC will allow us to run many more workshops and other events to help the community earn supplementary incomes," said Shalan.
If all goes smoothly, Kelab Alami Nature & Heritage Centre will open its doors in the last quarter of this year. Read more.
29 October 2018
Kelab Alami has signed a memorandum of understanding with Johor Port Authority (JPA) at a MOU ceremony today. The partnership is to fund research on dugongs, otters and seahorses. "We are very thankful for the support and opportunity given to members of Kelab Alami to carry out this important study," said Kelab Alami founder Shalan Jum'at.