PENANG – MTT Group of Companies, through its subsidiary Botanica Hills Sdn Bhd, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Eden-On-The-Park Sdn Bhd to develop the first Integrated Senior Living Resort in the state here.
The project – Eden at Botanica. CT – will feature a nursing care residence and a low-density Active Living Resort comprising villas and condominiums in two tower blocks in Botanica. CT, a thriving township in Balik Pulau on Penang island.
The agreement was signed between MTT Group of Companies group executive chairman Dato’ Seri Kenny Ong and Eden-On-The-Park chairman John Chin during a ceremony at Evergreen Laurel Hotel here.
Witnessing the signing ceremony were Penang Chief Minister YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, state Housing, Town, Country Planning and Local Government Committee chairman YB Jagdeep Singh Deo and Eden-On-The-Park’s managing director Victor Fong.
Ong, the driving force behind the development of Botanica. CT Township, has set his sight on turning the township into an oasis where multi-generational families can learn, play, work and relax.
Under his stewardship, Botanica. CT Township has provided the best value accommodation, a renowned international school (Prince of Wales Island International School) and commercial components in the area since its inception.
The senior care facility is seen as the crucial piece of jigsaw in the masterplan as envisaged by Ong.
“Eden at Botanica. CT will set a new benchmark of aged care living, providing the people of Penang and northern region Malaysia a choice of senior living options as we pursue the diversity of excellence on the world stage and in line with the Penang 2030 vision.
“Putting the family first is Penang 2030’s way of working towards an inclusive and caring society; and that is exactly what we strive to achieve in Botanica. CT,” he said.
A household name in the nursing care industry, Eden-On-The-Park has been operating a community health care centre in Kuching, Sarawak.
It has gained national recognition for its brand as well as expertise in delivering high quality service in senior care operations, having recognised by Pemandu as an Entry Point Project (EPP) and granted EPP17 Status on June 23, 2014. It received pioneer incentives from Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and awarded multiple recognitions as the Best Retirement facilities in the region and Malaysia by a number of international aged care and retirement villages forum.
This latest joint venture in Balik Pulau will be modelled after the award-winning facility in Kuching, and licensed by the Health Ministry and state Welfare Department.
Like in Kuching, the phase one Nursing Care Residence here will form the heart of the masterplan.
This is where Eden-On-The-Park’s core nursing care services will be delivered in line with its ethos ‘Care with Dignity’.
The Nursing Care Residence will be designed with care operations, such as infection control in view of the on-going pandemic and in preparation for future epidemiological outbreaks.
It will also be furnished with state-of-the-art technology for remote monitoring of the residents, fall monitoring and care services delivery.
The Active Living Resort, which will have units for general public sale and lease, aims to replicate the successful creation of community engagement found in its Kuching facility.
Eden-On-The-Park Sdn Bhd managing director Victor Fong said Eden-On-The-Park would take on an active role in curating events to ensure that the residents remain active and can participate in activities that strengthen both familial ties and the bonds of friendship.
“It will also create a sense of security and comfort for the residents who know they will look out for each other, as well as their plants and pets when they are away on holiday with their loved ones,” he shared.
Describing the facility as a good model, Jagdeep said would request the local council to work closely with Eden at Botanica. CT to determine and set up some local guidelines on the initiative.
“Everyone ages. Building an all-age neighbourhood and creating a purpose-built are crucial in today’s housing development,” he said.
With RM180mil worth of direct domestic investment. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Eden at Botanica. CT would contribute to job employment for youth while setting a new trend in meeting the needs of the seniors by creating a Penang based international standard nursing facility akin to those in mature countries like Australia.
“The state is all for the idea of an integrated senior resort as it develops the network of proactive elderly care facilities that enhances community spirit, independence and security with low maintenance while providing the necessary facility and emergency support right at your doorstep.
“As we move another step closer to realising the Penang 2030 vision, I urge other corporate entities to take the lead in giving back to the community and build social good into the framework of your businesses,” he said.