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CEO & Managing Director of IJM Land Berhad Dato’ Ir Soam Heng Choon
CEO & Managing Director The year 2012 has been an ‘unveiling’ year of sorts for us. From the RM1.4 billion joint-venture property development project in London to the much anticipated township called Rimbayu in the Klang Valley, there was much hype and excitement in the media world surrounding IJM Land. Very soon, there will be another resurgence of coverage on THE LIGHT Phase II (commercial precinct). Moving forward, there are exciting news to be unveiled in anticipation of the right moment. For the financial year ending March 31 2013, the company plans to launch some RM2 billion worth of property projects, of which more than RM1.2 billion worth of projects have yet to be launched. These projects are located mainly in Seremban, Shah Alam, Penang, Johor and also East Malaysia. Presently, we have 1,944ha of land bank, with the potential gross development value of RM23 billion and we are on the lookout to grow new earnings opportunities abroad.
inaugural issue of I! – our very own magazine that incorporates IJM Land’s corporate news, entertainment, travel, lifestyle, home & living tips and everything else you need to know about us. Since this will be an annual issue, we’ve selected only the best and essential information to cater to your lifestyle needs. In this issue, we will unveil our latest township spanning 1879 acres to be developed over 15-20 years with a gross development value (GDV) of RM 11billion. So read on to find out more! We are confident of robust times ahead and will continue to make good better in our promise to deliver only the best to you. Happy reading and waiting in anticipation to share our next issue with you
The future seems promising for the company but we are not one to rest on our laurels. With so much information and experiences to share, here we are – creating an avenue for our clients to get direct feedback on anything they want and need to know about IJM Land. We hereby unveil our
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IJM Land in UK venture PETALING JAYA: IJM Land Bhd is venturing into the United Kingdom via a joint venture to build a five-star hotel and residential apartments that will have a gross development value (GDV) of £280mil (RM1.4bil). The company told Bursa Malaysia yesterday it had entered into a shareholders' agreement with Lite Bell Consolidated Sdn Bhd to form a jointventure company, Mintle Ltd, in Jersey to acquire a 999-year lease over a 2.7 acre site with detailed planning consent for about 650,000-sq-ft space. The site is predominantly situated above the National Rail and DLR railway lines adjacent to the Royal Mint Street in central London. Mintle also acquired one share of £1 each in dormant company RMS (England) Ltd for £1. RMS England and Mintle would undertake a mixed-use development on the property.
IJM Land added that the current favourable exchange rate regime and the lack of funding opportunity for property developers in London due to the eurozone crisis provided a window of opportunity to venture into the mature and international central London property scene. “The company's ability to attract a number of buyers from the Asian region, who are one of the biggest groups of property investors in London in recent times, also augurs well for the project,” it said. IJM Land said the project, when completed, would have “excellent views of the popular London landmarks such as Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Royal Mint Court, St. Katharine's Docks and River Thames.”
It said the project, granted detailed planning consent in April 2012, comprised one block of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd is the freehold 5-star hotel-cum-residential apartments and owner of the property and granted ZBV (RMS) three blocks of residential apartments with a total Ltd an option to acquire the lease of the property. gross built-up area of 650,000 sq ft. The working capital to be funded by the company to develop the property would be between £25mil and £30mil. “The joint venture is part of a strategic move by the group to expand its property development footprint beyond Malaysia and is in line with its long-term vision of being an internationally admired property developer,” it said.
“The gross development value of the project is expected to be around £280mil. The cost will be funded via a combination of borrowings and internal funds, the details of which have yet to be determined,” it said. - STARBIZ, 4 August 2012
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2013 start for IJM's RM5bil Penang project GEORGE TOWN: IJM Land Bhd will commence work for its RM5bil commercial precinct next to the Penang Bridge in the second half of next year.
“His impressive portfolio includes landmarks such as NATO headquarters in Brussels and Hong Kong Convention Centre in Victoria Harbour,” Soam added.
Its chief executive officer Datuk Soam Heng Choon said the commercial precinct located on a 102-acre site would comprise four hotels, a shopping centre, a convention centre, and an international business district.
The highlight of the convention centre was a 10,000 sq m column-free multi-purpose hall that could be divided or used as a single space for exhibitions, conventions, corporate events, and private functions, Soam said.
The commercial precinct would be developed in stages and would take seven to eight years to complete, Soam said.
“It can be converted into a 9,000-seat arena for world-class concerts that can be held in Penang for the first time.
He spoke after signing an agreement with Singapore's Suntec International to jointly develop the convention centre, known as the RM346mil Penang Waterfront Convention Centre (PWCC).
“The PWCC is expected to be completed in early 2017,” he added.
Also present was Suntec Penang chief executive officer Arun Madhok, who signed for Suntec, and IJM Corp chief executive officer Datuk Teh Kean Ming. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was present to witness the signing ceremony. Soam said the PWCC was designed by Larry Oltmanns, design director of Vx3, a London-based architectural firm specialising in large scale urban developments and convention centres.
Meanwhile, Teh said the PWCC would serve as an alternative to renowned convention venues in places such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong. “The strategic partnership with Suntec will further attract higher investments and spur Penang's economic, social, and environmental development,” Teh added. On PWCC, Madhok said Suntec would advise on the design and functionality of PWCC. “We will also manage the project upon its completion,” he said. - THE STAR, 12 December 2012
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Out & About Wetlands in Malaysia
wetlands in Malaysia
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEONG HO JIN, YEOH KOK MING 97
did you know?
Did you know that World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2 Feb annually? Why 2 Feb?
Out & About Wetlands in Malaysia
efore that, an even more fundamental question, what constitutes a wetland?
A wetland is a land area with a distinct ecosystem that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally. The main factor that distinguishes wetlands is the characteristic of the flora that has adapted to its unique saturated soil conditions.
Areas supporting wetlands are generally distinguished from other water bodies based on their water level and on the type of plants they support. The water found in wetlands can be saltwater, freshwater, or brackish (which is in-between). There are four major kinds of wetlands in the world: swamps, marshes, bogs and fens. In addition, there are many sub-types of wetlands based on their vegetation, which includes mangrove and varzea trees. Wetlands in Malaysia play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, and shoreline stability. Globally, wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as natural habitats to a wide range of flora and fauna. At a glance, they occur naturally and can be found in every continent except Antarctica. The largest wetlands in the world include the Amazon River basin and the West Siberian Lowland. Another large area is the Pantanal, which straddles Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay in South America. Wetlands can also be designed artificially as a water management tool, which plays a key role in the developing field of Water Sensitive Urban Design.
Southeast Pahang Peat Swamp Forest
Lower KinabatanganSegama Wetlands
Tasik Bera Paya Indah Wetlands (Kuala Selangat)
Klang Mangrove Islands Kuala Selangor Peat Swamp Pulau Kukup
Upon realising the importance of wetlands, the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment reported that environmental degradation is more prominent within wetland systems than any other ecosystems on earth. This has resulted in international conservation efforts being put in place to protect endangered wetlands and to inform people about wetland issues.
Now, why 2 Feb? 2 Feb is the day the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and Malaysia is part of the Convention. The theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day is ‘Wetlands and Water Management’. Many of the wetlands in Malaysia attract tourists and contribute to the local economy.
Malaysia now has 6 Ramsar sites out of the 1,994 Ramsar sites scattered throughout the world. These are wetlands of international importance. The six are Tasik Bera (Pahang), Pulau Kukup (Johor), Tanjung Piai (Johor), Sungai Pulai (Johor), Kuching Wetlands (Sarawak) and Lower Kinabatangan-Segama wetlands (Sabah) – encompassing a total area of 134,158 hectares. The Lower Kinabatangan -Segama is the largest one covering 78,803 hectares. Apart from the above Ramsar sites, there are of course many other wetlands in Malaysia that are highly important for biodiversity conservation. These include the Matang mangroves in Perak, the Southeast Pahang Peat Swamp forest, the Kuala Selangor Peat Swamp Forest, Paya Indah wetlands in Kuala Langat and the Klang mangrove islands. I!
Out & About Wetlands in Malaysia
A SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEM Wetlands are very sensitive ecosystems that can be affected by a number of factors. Salinity has a strong influence on wetland water chemistry, particularly in wetlands along the coast. In non-riverine wetlands, natural salinity is regulated through interactions between ground and surface water through the elementsâ€™ natural cycles. FLOOD CONTROL Wetlands close to the headwaters of streams and rivers can slow down rainwater runoff so that it doesnâ€™t run straight off the land into water courses. This can help prevent sudden, damaging floods downstream. The flood plains of major rivers act as natural storage reservoirs, enabling excess water to spread out over a wide area, which reduces its depth and speed. The resistance is even greater with lush wetlands full of vegetation. SEDIMENT TRAPS Rainfall run-off is responsible for moving sediment through waterways. These sediments move towards larger and more sizable waterways through a natural process that moves water towards oceans. All types of sediments which may be composed of clay, sand, silt, and rock can be carried into wetland systems through this process. Larger vegetation or forests located in wetlands act as physical barriers to slow waterflow and trap sediment.
FLORA There are four main groups of hydrophytes that are found in wetland systems throughout the world: submerged, floating and emergent water plants, and the surrounding trees and shrubs. Submerged water plants: this type of vegetation is found completely underwater. Submerged wetland vegetation can grow in saline and fresh-water conditions. Floating water plants: this vegetation is usually small although it may take up a large surface area in a wetland system. Emergent water plants: these are water plants that can be seen above the surface of the water but its roots are completely submerged. Finally, the surrounding trees and shrubs known as forested wetlands are generally known as swamps. The upper level of these swamps is determined by the tide levels, mangrove swamps are included in this group. FAUNA Fishes are more dependent on wetland ecosystems than any other type of habitat as every single species of both fresh water and saltwater fish spends part of its life-cycle in a coastal wetland. Tropical fish species need mangroves for critical hatchery and nursery grounds and the coral reef system for food. Frogs are the most crucial amphibian species in wetland systems as they need both terrestrial and aquatic habitats in which to reproduce and feed. Their population acts as an indicator of the ecosystem health
due to their thin skin which absorbs both nutrient and toxins from the surrounding environment. The wetland ecosystem also attracts mammals due to its prominent seed sources while for insects and invertebrates, a total of more than 100,000 known species are found in wetlands, as insects and invertebrates can be submerged in the water or soil, on the surface, and in the atmosphere. GROUNDWATER REPLENISHMENT The surface water which is the water visibly seen in wetland systems only represents a portion of the overall water cycle which also includes atmospheric water and groundwater. Wetland systems are directly linked to groundwater and acts as a crucial regulator of both the quantity and quality of water found below the ground. Wetland systems that are made of permeable sediments like limestone are porous allowing water to filter down through the soil and overlying rock into aquifers. SHORELINE STABILISATION AND STORM PROTECTION Tidal and inter-tidal wetlands protect and stabilise coastal zones. Coral reefs provide a protective barrier to coastal shoreline while mangroves stabilise the interiors of coastal zones and will migrate with the shoreline serving as a front liner against the water. These wetlands offer protection against storms and tidal waves through its ability to reduce the speed and height of waves and floodwaters. NUTRIENT RETENTION Wetlands recycle both sediments and nutrients by balancing land and water ecosystems. A natural function of wetland vegetation is the up-take and storage of nutrients found in the surrounding soil and water. These nutrients are retained in the system until the plant dies or is harvested by animals or humans. WATER PURIFICATION Many wetland systems possess bio-filters, hydrophytes, and organisms that in addition to enriching the nutrient content also have the capacity to remove toxic substances that come from pesticides, industrial discharges, and mining activities. Shellfish can filter more than 200 litres of water per day while grazing for food, removing nutrients, suspended sediments and chemical contaminants in the process.
Out & About Wetlands in Malaysia
WETLAND PRODUCTS An array of vegetation and other ecological products that are naturally produced by wetlands are also harvested for personal and commercial use. The most significant of these is fish. Fresh and saltwater fish are the main source of protein for the world population. Another food staple found in wetland systems is rice. Food converted to sweeteners and carbohydrates include the sago palm, the nipah palm, honey collection from mangroves and finally other mangrove derived products like firewood. MAN BUILT WETLANDS Natural wetland systemsâ€™ high potential for the filtering and the treatment of pollutants are recognised by environmental engineers as wastewater filters. This has led to the construction of artificial wetland systems through highly-controlled environments mimicking the natural wetlands. Artificial wetlands provide not only aid in treating wastewater effluent, but also the ability to experiment with flow regimes and other variables in order to produce the most efficient treatment process.
In short, wetlands are important ecosystems that provide livelihoods for the millions of people who live in and around including Malaysia. Methods to develop a better classification system and mapping are still in the pipeline to help care and conserve our wetlands even better. Therefore, it is vital that we take crucial measures to ensure that wetland conservation with the needs and development of communities around it are constantly checked and balanced. Letâ€™s all start by playing our part to ensure wetlands are around for our future generation.
References: Wetlands International Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia, Ramsar Convention
Out & About Raptor Watch
raptor watch BY ELENA KOSHY | PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY
here’s nothing quite like the sight of seeing hundreds of majestic birds of prey circling in the sunny skies of Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson. I’ve never been much of a bird enthusiast but the sight of these beautiful creatures flying across the blue skies was enough to bring out the dormant birder in me. My first experience in witnessing the raptor migration was unforgettable, especially when viewed from the observation platform of the Cape Rachado lighthouse, the country’s oldest lighthouse (built in the 16th century) right at the top of a pristine coastal rainforest reserve (Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve), overlooking the beautiful azure ocean, where on a clear day, you could even see the distant island of Sumatera. It’s amazing that this unique phenomenon that occurs in a few special places in the world, has been often overlooked, even by the residents of the surrounding areas of Alor Gajah and Port Dickson themselves. It would have remained one of Tanjung Tuan’s best kept secrets that might have quietly
slipped away into extinction in the midst of a rapidly developing country, had it not been for a group of members from the Malaysian Nature Society, who stumbled across this sight during a bird watching trip over ten years ago. The majestic aerial display by the raptors or birds of prey at Tanjung Tuan occurs during the spring migrating season between mid February to April every year as they make their journey across thousands of miles from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere as winter draws to an end. The raptors would converge at Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson exhausted, to roost and feed, before continuing on their journey into Sumatra and other Indonesian islands, and onwards back to their northern breeding grounds in Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, India and Indochina. Tanjung Tuan is the nearest point to these islands and remains an important stopover that is essential to the survival of these birds in the midst of their long perilous flight back home.
Out & About Raptor Watch
An Oriental Honey Buzzard Photocredit: David Bakewell
When I first heard about raptors, I likened them to the ferocious Jurassic Park prehistoric velociraptors that had been the fodder of my nightmares when I was a lot younger. It was quite embarrassing when my fellow colleagues and avid birders who first laughed, then pointed out that raptors are quite the opposite of what I envisioned them to be. I obviously had a lot to learn! Raptors, also known as birds of prey, are carnivorous birds with strong bills, large talons and possess exceptional flight capabilities. Some of the well known species of raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons, and many more. As I stood on that observatory deck at the lighthouse with the sun in my face, it was an amazing sight to see migrant raptors from different parts of the world soaring majestically across the clear blue skies, including species such as the Oriental Honey-Buzzard, Chinese Goshawk, Changeable Hawk-Eagle and the Black Baza which is one of smallest known raptors in the world. It was totally breathtaking to see these birds that were literally flying at our eye
level, and we could clearly spot their distinctive features from our high powered scopes and binoculars, courtesy of my colleagues. It was well worth the sunburn I earned while watching them that hot sunny day! However, the survival of this unique phenomenon is invariably linked to the survival of the natural habitat that is prevalent of Tanjung Tuan, none other than the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, a lovely little forested cape consisting mostly of dipterocarp trees and home to many small animals, birds and insects. The location of the forest makes it the closest point in Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatera over the Straits of Malacca, and as such, the raptors recognise and use this spot as an essential stopover which is vital to their safety and survival on the journey back home. There is an urgency to ensure its continued protection as a valuable natural resource. As I walked up the tarred road leading to the lighthouse, with beautiful forest trees on either side, it was hard to imagine that this forest is the last remaining primary coastal rainforest left in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Its beautiful serene atmosphere belies the fact that this small forest tract constantly faces threats of encroachment and development, which in turn would be detrimental to the continued survival of the spring raptor migration. The most amazing migratory phenomena to ever hit the shores of Peninsular Malaysia and the pressing need to ensure the
Oriental Honey Buzzards, Tanjung Tuan Photocredit: David Bakewell
conservation and protection of Tanjung Tuan’s natural habitats, birth forth an awareness event called the Raptor Watch, organised by the nation’s oldest environmental NGO,the Malaysian Nature Society almost thirteen years ago. It started off with a group of like-minded conservationists and birders who started conducting research on this raptor migration, recognising the fact that they needed to have an insight on not just the species, and habits of migratory raptors, but on the environmental health of the area. From humble beginnings where small tents were set up by the beach to observe this phenomenon, Raptor Watch has evolved to be one of the best ecotourism and awareness events that is now on the official calendar of the Ministry of Tourism. Held on the first weekend of March every year, at the peak of the raptor migration, Raptor Watch is organised to create awareness of Tanjung Tuan’s diverse natural heritage. While the highlight of the event is the raptor migration, there are a host of activities organised to get people acquainted with nature, such as the ever popular forest, mangrove and beach walks. My experience with Raptor Watch was amazing and till today, I still cannot believe that such a spectacular natural phenomenon do exist. Exhilaration hits you the moment you see these raptors come circling in a group, flapping and gliding before heading off to the northern hemisphere, flying together in the most organised manner. Raptor Watch is celebrated in a carnival like atmosphere and with the capacity to turn anyone into a nature lover instantly. Standing right in the middle of the events’ ground and watching the crowd
of happy people consisting of tourists, local residents and even volunteers trying their hand at bird watching, signing up for a mangrove, forest or beach tour, listening to music or even getting their face painted, while the raptors circled overhead, made me smile. It’s true when they say that the best things in life, are often free.
Written by Elena Koshy Member of Malaysia Nature Society
Out & About Raptor Watch
Brown Boobook a.k.a Pungguk
The Brown Boobook can be found on most parts of the world and in this region, it is considered to be a common resident breeder.
a.k.a Helang Sewah Besra
The Besra, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae found widely in dense forests throughout south Asia. With dark vertical throat stripe on its plumage, its short broad wings and a long tail, enables fast maneuvering.
Grey-faced Buzz a a.k.a Helang Kepala kelabu
The Grey-faced Buzzard is an Asian bird of prey. The adult has a grey head, breast and neck, white throat, black moustaches and mesial stripes, brown back and upperwings, and brown bars on white underparts and underwings.
Eurasian Ci uBreslearw a.k.a Kend
The Eurasian Curlew is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across temperate Europe and Asia.
agle Blyth's Hawk E ndek Gunung a.k.a Helang Hi
The Blyth's Hawk-Eagle is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is a bird of open woodland, preferring high tree density. With thick white band on uppertail and undertail, and all black above with black spotted breast, its crest is its prominent feature.
The Little Egret or Snowy Egret has an all white plumage with long black legs, yellow feet and a slim black bill. Little Egrets are mostly silent but make various croaking and bubbling calls at their breeding colonies and produce a harsh alarm call when disturbed.
e Falcon Peregrinlan g Peregrine a.k.a
The Peregrine Falcon is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. With a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and â€˜moustacheâ€™, this world's most widespread raptor is renowned for its speed.
Grey Heroa.kn.a Pucung Seriap
The Grey Heron is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae and native throughout Asia and most parts of the world. Itâ€™s plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted.
Oriental Darter a.k.a Burung Kosa
The Oriental Darter, sometimes called Snakebird, is a water bird of tropical Southeast Asia. Its most recognisable feature is the white lateral stripe found on the neck.
Buffy Fish l Ow i amp Ket buk
The Buffy Fish Owl, also known as the Malay Fish Owl, is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found largely in Southeast Asia as its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
RAPTOR SPECIES IN MALAYSIA Osprey
a.k.a Helang Tiram
The Osprey sometimes known as the sea hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. With brown upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, it has a wide variety of habitats and can be found on most continents.
a.k.a Pekaka Kepala Hitam
The Black-capped Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in tropical Asia. The adult has a purple-blue back, black head and shoulders, white neck collar and throat, and rufous underparts.
a.k.a Jampuk Putih
nk Common Greensha au a.k.a Kedidi Kaki Hij
The Common Greenshank is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. These species share a coarse, dark, and fairly crisp breast pattern as well as much black on the shoulders and back in breeding plumage.
The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed species of owl or better known as the Common Barn Owl. It is found almost anywhere in the world except polar and desert regions.
Out & About Raptor Watch
Getting Started... 1
Get a pair of suitable binoculars
Do some research or get a guide to study the birds’ habits, calls and habitat
Gather other bird watchers
Start bird watching in the morning, watch out for trees’ movements and listen to the birds’ calls
Identify the spotted bird by its shape, size, markings, behavior and etc.
Write down the bird species you have spotted and create a bird list of your own.
Share your list with other bird watchers!
SPOTLIGHT Bandar Rimbayu
Close to Kemuning, Shah Alam
THE TOWNSHIP NATURE PERFECTED
BANDAR RIMBAYU another notable development by IJM LAND Bandar Rimbayu is a premier green township development inspired by nostalgia for a time when life was simple and people lived close to nature, in a safe and supportive neighbourhood. Homes in Bandar Rimbayu is not just a residence you own, it is a world within a world: a private stronghold, social playground and tropical garden inspiration. Environmental sensitivity and sustainability will be top of mind and the guiding principle for architects to showcase their creation in this certified green township development.
SPOTLIGHT Bandar Rimbayu
Bandar Rimbayu Your Home, Your World Within A World With a gross development value of RM 11 billion, incorporating residential, commercial and recreational components, this latest township is slated to be the most sought after place in this part of the region.
With a development area that encompasses over 1,879 acres spread across 4 precincts, this massive township will take approximately 15-20 years to complete. The 4 precincts are:
Comprising of mixed residential components, schools and recreational amenities. Potential homeowners will have options to purchase link homes, strata homes, condominiums and apartments. Prominent in this precinct will be ‘The ARC’, Bandar Rimbayu’s main social gathering venue and iconic landmark.
This precinct will accommodate mixed residential components (from link homes to bungalow units), schools and neighbourhood shops. In both Flora and Fauna precincts, there is available space for the creation of a quality retirement village/home as close proximity to the township’s activities is an added bonus to such a venture possibility.
270 acres of wetland areas will be transformed into a high-end waterfront residential development to cater to potential homeowners fascinated by the idea of living in residences by a lake, or along the waterfront in full view of seemingly unending water vistas.
a commercial hub
A commercial centre with canal city charm, this dynamic hub will have cul de sacs and walkways dispersing into town squares where alfresco cafes will provide lively meeting venues for business chats, coffee stops and people watching. Part of this precint, parallel to South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), raises the potential for warehouse/storage leasing by F & B suppliers, fashion apparel manufacturers, wine merchants and global courier service companies. Land parcels have been allocated for the possible development of shopping malls, big box retail and also private education institutions and medical institutions. To complement these likely commercial setups, service apartments will also be built in the Commercial Hub. 25
a green township In our effort to weave nature with everyday living and to preserve the natural surroundings, only green components and architectural designs that contribute to sustainable solutions will be implemented. Bandar Rimbayu will be a premier iconic development to showcase the finest in integrated neighbourhood living within a dynamic, green township. Moving forward, IJM Landâ€™s projects will incorporate environmental sustainability efforts. Bandar Rimbayuâ€™s green concept is based on a holistic approach that preserves the external environment and adding green features that enhances the internal comfort of its residents. This township is aimed towards reducing the impact of development towards Mother Earth without compromising on the advancement that technology brings: Rainwater harvesting to reduce water consumption for landscape purposes Solar panels to encourage renewable energy Provisions for green lung to regenerate oxygen whilst providing shelter from the sun Creation of numerous creeks and canals to cool the environment whilst adding to the scenic allure Dedicated jogging path and bicycle track Fiber optics cables will be provided for faster internet service and encourage the use of home as home office as well as to reduce the use of copper Water efficient fittings will reduce water consumption.
SPOTLIGHT Bandar Rimbayu
supported by a web of connectivity From the township going out
four precints, myriad options Within the township Excellent linkages from residential components to the commercial hub with bicycle tracks and walking paths ease connections between the precincts. With the right infrastructure network in place, Bandar Rimbayu is able to connect people and be the ultimate destination for business, leisure, education and life.
The Bandar Rimbayu township reflects IJM Land's vision of what townships of the future would look like. The green township concept is in response to the demand from residents of the future who are becoming increasingly concerned about giving back to the earth. Also, homeowners of the future do not just want a house, they want a residence complete with a holistic lifestyle, thus we are offering a carefully planned and designed township that emphasises better life quality. 27
Bandar Rimbayuâ€™s strategic location adjacent to Kota Kemuning makes getting in and out of the township a breeze. The township boasts excellent road connectivity via 5 major highways flanking the township: Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS) and Lebuhraya Kemuning Shah Alam (LKSA) give residents opportunity for taking brisk drives to Subang, Petaling Jaya, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Puchong, Shah Alam, Klang and many other parts of Klang Valley. South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) links Bandar Rimbayu to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kajang while Expressway Lingkaran Tengah (ELITE) provides easy accessibility to KLIA and the southern region. The proposed West Coast Expressway (WCE), once completed will link Banting to Taiping, Perak and further enhances connectivity to other parts of west coast, Malaysia. With such user-friendly accessibility, visiting friends and relatives will be hassle-free.
A breathtaking, iconic landmark to behold, The Arc will be the main social enclave in Bandar Rimbayu. The Arc will be a centerpiece to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, to encourage community interaction, sports and leisure games. Also envisioned are community bake sales, barbeques and carnivals taking place here.
This arc-shaped canopy which embraces a sizeable communal green deck measuring 10,000sqm will be a living and evolving education showcase of sustainable approach as incorporated in these design features: A green roof deck that insulates and filters collected rainwater, channeled through drips at each column grown with climbing plants, discharging to the creek waterways Recreational canal/creek that is also a vessel for collecting rainwater which can be reused for irrigation of plants The adaptive canopy walkway that allows the space below to function as a pedestrian street with shops and amenities
Spotlight Bandar Rimbayu
A delightful â€˜anjungâ€™ which is an extension of the living hall greets the owner welcomingly. The anjung allows owners to bring the outdoors indoors Much thought-after architectural layout provides creative and practical solutions for owners to turn every corner into a usable space
Being the first residential phase of the Bandar Rimbayu project, The Chimes holds great prominence and provides a glimpse of exclusivity and a touch of class synonymous with Bandar Rimbayu. At IJM Land, whatever we do and how we do it reflects our conscientious approach to the needs of our customers, and this has been reflected in our offerings, quality and architecture. What we desire to bring to our customers, is to make what is already good, better! Careful attention has been given to provide extra comfort and peace of mind to our customers:
Ensuite bathroom for each bedroom is also an added advantage as occupants will have their own privacy and luxury Flexible layout of dry and wet kitchen can be converted into a big, spacious kitchen for those who love to cook up a storm for family members and friends Green entrance with wind chimes feature and vertical gardens to inspire a tranquil, peaceful ambiance that soothes the soul Ample parks, jogging track and playground for neighbourhood bonding activities
Distinguished by its modern colonial faรงade with an indoor courtyard, PERENNIA homes embraces green initiatives that help keep wastage to the minimum. With a total of 484 units over 58 acres of land, this low density development connects you with nature. Pine-like trees and well-planned garden greets as you arrive at PERENNIA. Whether you are taking a stroll or looking for a quiet spot to catch up on reading, PERENNIA offers quality family time as well as me-time with nature as company. The door of a PERENNIA home opens to a wide, unrestricted area with an indoor courtyard and high ceiling. Less walls and barriers, more airy space and natural lighting. Everything is designed to keep people closer together, where cooking, eating and hosting of guests become shared experiences to remember.
Out & About Eco Travel
eco travel As we compile these tips, we found ourselves guilty of many indiscretions against Mother Earth. Are you like us? Do you behave differently away from home? While we use towels for a week at home, many of us use several per day while in hotels. We toss the plastic cups, open all the toiletries and leave the air conditioning running and lights on. Here are some fantastic tips to help everyone keep Mother Earth smiling while travelling.
#1 Before you leave home Turn water off at outside connection (to prevent flooding should a pipe break while you're gone). When you return, turn on the water slowly and check for problems. Stop your newspaper, if you have home delivery. You may be able to donate it to a school. Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged because they can draw or â€˜leakâ€™ as much as 40 watts per hour even when they're turned off.
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#2 When youâ€™re at the
Participate in hotel linen programs, or let the hotel know that it's not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day. To keep track of which towel belongs to which family member, pack a handful of safety pins and small colored beads. Attach a pin and bead to each towel, using a designated color for each family member. Remove the pins before checkout. Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering. When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heater, lights, TV and radio. Close the curtains. Participate in hotel recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins. Carry a dry cleaning or grocery bag with you in which to carry dirty laundry home. Leave little bottles of amenities in the guestroom if unopened. Pack a permanent marker and write each person's name on the cups in the hotel bathroom. It's also handy for writing names on water bottles and lots of other things. Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home. Let the hotel management know, by speaking directly to management or writing them a note, that you want them to conserve and that you want to participate. Instead of leaving bathroom lights (and fans) on all night, it's wise to pack night lights for hotel stays. If the hotel provides complimentary newspapers, pass yours on to someone else, or leave it in the lobby for another reader. Ask the hotel to see that it's recycled. Be sure to turn off exercise equipment, sauna, whirlpool, and Jacuzzi or tennis court lights when you're done. Check out of the hotel via the hotel's electronic program available on the TV in some hotels. You can view your bill; approve it, thus reducing paperwork.
#3 When you’re at
Try carrying bottled water with you. Refill as needed. Reduce fast food waste whenever possible. Pack a few plastic bags. They come in handy for saving half-eaten treats, used hotel bar soaps, keeping salt and pepper packets dry in the cooler, and many other uses. Avoid styrofoam. Carry your own cup. Avoid room service and carryout. When offered individual packages condiments, take only what you'll use.
If you commonly take home leftovers from restaurant meals, carry a container, a square of aluminum foil or wax paper with you. You'll be responsible for putting less styrofoam into our earth!
#4 When you’re
Take only necessary maps and brochures only. Return others to the brochure stand. Use only binoculars and cameras to ‘hunt’ animals. Don't buy endangered species products such as tortoise shell, ivory, animal skins or feathers. Don't purchase starfish or turtleshell related souvenirs or any creature that may have been put to death for the sake of a gift shop sale. These animals may have been killed specifically for tourist trade. Sea shells are questionable. Take only photographs. Do not take ‘souvenirs’ from natural areas, historical areas or hotels. Leave only footprints. Take everything out that you brought with you. Leave no graffiti or litter. Support conservation programs. Pick up at least one piece of litter every day-especially at national tourist locations which are vulnerable to huge tourist populations. I!
Out & About Want An Escape?
ave you ever been in an adventure theme park surrounded with green features? Now you can at Escape Adventureplay! Located at the northern tip of Penang island in Teluk Bahang, the 44 acres theme park consists of an adventurepark, a waterpark and a hotel (the 11 acres waterpark is slated to complete by the end of 2014 followed by the Treetops Hotel). Escape Adventureplay opened its doors to the public on 7 November 2012 and has seen a steady growth of visitors with an average of 500 on a typical day with a surge during school holidays. The Adventurepark currently houses 18 â€˜challengesâ€™ and some with three (3) levels of difficulties.
Out & About Want An Escape?
Having enjoyed the outdoors as a kid and never wanting to outgrow the kid in him, Mr. Sim Choo Kheng, the founder and chief executive of Sim Leisure; the company responsible for the designing and building of Escape and other theme parks around the world for the past 20 years, jumped on the idea to create a theme park in Penang when the opportunity came. Growing up in a â€˜kampungâ€™ in Penang where nature encapsulates every corner of his life proved to be a priceless experience and heâ€™s not about to let it slip from his life, as reflected in his new theme park.
Escape was built around natural terrain, without disturbing the natural topography of the area. No concreting was allowed to ensure that ground was permeable. Grass is planted on the roof of every building to reduce temperature and to absorb rainwater. Parking lots are covered with vegetated shelter and is engineered to absorb rainwater. Rainwater harvesting is also done in the theme park to reduce water usage. The area of the forest floor is also replanted with plants that are endemic to the area and increased vegetation and trees on site are for higher rainfall absorption quality.
Escape helps advocate green awareness through fun and self discovery and it aims to bring the masses close to nature. Being the first green theme park in the world is no mean feat and even though it costs more to build, Escape is determined to maintain its stance as a green theme park. With its own rainwater management strategy, ESCAPE implements on-site wetland to retain and minimize runoff as undeveloped lands are naturally capable of mitigating stormwater runoff. A green child award was recently introduced to encourage children to learn about nature and to tap into their creativity to make their own toys. Mr. Sim aspires that people will realise what they do sooner – that is to promote fun with nature in mind. He also hopes that more people will fall in love with nature as going green is everyone’s responsibility. Who said you can’t have fun by being ‘green’?
Home & Living Throw Away Trash, Throw Away Cash
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Although still in its infancy here in Malaysia, this movement is already making heads turn. We all have seen quirky one-off sculptures made from recycled materials but it is a decent bet that most designers don’t think about the possibilities of creating a complete range of recycled furniture. With so many materials going to waste in droves, it seems a shame not to think big about how to give rubbish a new lease of life. While many of these pieces are still mostly in the conceptual stage, a lot of them have potential beyond being whimsical one-time creations.
Aluminum cans sound like something versatile but they aren’t. They usually just end up as raw material for more cans! One designer saw the potential in them and has decided to turn the cans into classy-looking table legs by first compressing them. Without the use of adhesive, they are made completely of the compressed cans. Now, you could pay the same for ‘runof-the-mill’ supports or instead have something that looks both equally interesting and makes a great conversation piece.
Paper tubes are very useful especially as raw material in arts and crafts but to reuse them as they are, one has to figure out a way to work around their weaknesses and play on their strengths. The strength and natural ‘gift’ of paper provides a solid-but-soft underlying structure to otherwise sturdy chairs. As these tubes are available in abundance all over, you just need to insert re-bars to strengthen the chairs prior to complementing any home!
It sure takes a lot of drinking straws to make a single piece of furniture but if the material is difficult to do anything else with, then why not? It’s hard to imagine a chair made from straw will not crush under pressure but perhaps the sheer number is enough to make it stable while the void spaces make it comfortable.
More on drinking; lamps made from folded empty drinking carton strips are bound to inspire, even more so when no adhesive is used. With a basic geodesic design, there are countless shape possibilities catering to your whim and fancy.
Apart from comfort and practicality, the key to good furniture made from recyclable material is that the end user needs to know what the raw material was. This adds a certain wow factor to the end piece and makes the end user think…‘now why didn’t I think of that’! Whether recycled creations are tacky or clever is up to an individual to decide. These works of art are certainly more variegated and playful than some of the other conventional designs. On its own or within a collection of pieces, they are sure to add value to any interior if matched well with other accessories. There are more great examples of recycled urban furniture: a light made from broken light tubes, a lamp made from an old iron, a chair from a shopping cart and a table from bent bike tyres! If you have any ideas for turning ordinary trash into furniture, don’t discard them (no pun intended!). You’ll be amazed how easily trash can be rehashed into cash in the world of interior design!
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Home & Living Achieving Zero Household Waste
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Prepare different bins : clean and separate your garbage for recycling
Compost your kitchen waste : The 10 Pot System
Kitchen Waste: fish bones, unwanted vegetables, fruit seeds and etc. 1. Prepare 10 pots with small stones and soil at least 2 inches height.
2. Collect kitchen waste for the day. 3. Place the kitchen waste into the pot and top up with another 2 inches of soil. 4. Once the pot is full, continue with the next pot. 5. After 30 days, empty the first composted pot and restart the cycle.
Did you know?
Composting not only help to preserve the environment, youâ€™d also have highly fertilised soil for gardening!
SMALL STONES BRICKS
A true story... Is ZerO waste a fact or myth? Concerned about the way landfills are growing (in height and depth) and wondering what actions individuals can take to depress this situation (pun intended), Penang’s renowned green couple - Don & Mylene shares how to practice zero waste. Impossible? They’ve been doing that for the past 16 years. Q: When did you begin this green revolution? What got you started? It all started 16 years ago when we stumbled upon a school recycling program held annually. The news was published in a local English daily and we felt compelled to help in our own little way. We felt that it was something we could do so throughout the year, we sold newspapers for charity. What started with newspapers soon progressed to collecting other items such as newspapers, loose papers (A4-sized rough papers, envelopes, flyers and brochures, etc), books and magazines, household cardboards, clear plastics, coloured plastics, old clothes, tins, glasses, aluminium cans and plastic bags. Q: What do you think of the current recycling phenomenon? Very slow. The hardest is the wrong mindset of the people. Whenever there’s any talk organised, people only come for food. The Government must come in now and development must allocate a recycling shade. Every household is to have a key to the shade and the recyclable items can be sold and money to be channeled back to society. How do you measure success? If one person can do it, i.e. start bringing their tiffin carriers for food takeaways, it’s success for us. Q: What are your hopes & dreams? Every citizen will realise that the perceived household wastes are resources and will make it a point to recycle. Buy what you need, not what you want. Government must implement laws and provide the various bins to house these wastes.
For more details on achieving zero household waste and keeping the whole green, follow Don and Mylene at greencrusaders.com
Some other tips... Use a tiffin carrier for takeaways
Use a cake of soap instead of shower creme
Cut toothpaste tube into half towards end of usage.
Carry a cloth bag, not a non-woven bag.
Use a handkerchief instead of tissue papers.
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