Out of 43 units five were about to be put into operation.
The rest are empty land, about 1 to 1.5 acres each plot, and waiting for the right buyer.
This project is situated on a plot of land, originally palm oil plantation, which the Melaka state Government given approval to promote swiftlet farming (legal).
The move is a good one and each state should have the initiative to follow this foot step.
The role of each state is to help to nature the swiftlet industries towards the long term objective of the Government in producing about RM 5 billion income a year by 2020.
Those who hold the portfolio in promoting this high income industry should get their act together in helping the industry so that lesser people will be lured towards converting their shop houses, illegally, in town areas into BHs.
There is no used to blame those investors if each state is not doing their part in allocating the right location and license to those who would like their land to be converted into swiftlet Eco-Park.
Remember the location must be proper and BH design must also be correct.
Both the developer and the state authorities must ensure that the piece of land is ideal for swiftlet farming. It will be appropriate if the service of Jabatan Veterinar be involved.
To add value to this kind of Eco-Park, the developer should engaged qualified swiftlet consultant to help in designing a cost effective buildings complete with proper gadgets to lure the birds into these houses.
In the case of Kuala Linggi Eco-Park, I have these few comments & observations to share and I hope it will be looked at positively:-
1) This project can be used as a model to other Eco park developers.
2) There are 43 lots and each lot is on a piece of agricultural land about 1 to 1.5 acres of land. Only five lots were developed while the rest are empty.
3) Each lot is sold based on the size of the land and a three stories BH mainly 22'X72' (33 units) and 24'X80' (10 units). Price ranges from RM600,000 to RM750,000 each.
4) Each lot has it own title and will be transferred to the owner once they complete the S&P agreement. This arrangement allows the owner to apply for suitable loan from their bank.
5) The BH design is fixed by the developer and the owner will only be able to make any changes once they were given the keys to the BH.
6) The Eco Park is in a gated community area. Most of the land are currently used as weekend getaway houses with orchards.
7) Some used their land to plant Gaharu Trees.
8) The developer chooses the top entry type of entrance hole. In this case there will be no side entry type or dual entry types.
9) The internal design provided for each BH will be the same with minimum gadgets to draw those swiftlet into each BH.
10) Each BH buyer need to have a high degree of knowledge about swiftlet farming if they wanted to be successful once they take over the key to their units.
11) I was informed that the developer did engaged an experience consultant during its initial stage however the relation went sour. This gives the poor owners to find their way out to get the right advisers.
12) From my personal inspection I can safely says that there was nothing wrong with the BH design, overall, however the internal finishing is as if the person in charged is totally ignorance about swiftlet farming.
13) The developer might have his own agenda to minimize cost and make lots of profit from it but it is not to the advantage of the owners.
I am still confident that Eco-Park will one day be the kind of arrangements to be promoted however each developer should be bound with responsibilities to ensure that each buyer will be given a fair chance to be successful.
There is no used to lure them to invest a huge sum of money but with little returns to pay their bank loan.
You are not trying to help these investors but put you put them into a kind of a "state of disaster".
Try to be kind to them and give them some hope to be a successful BH owner.