Our Story

 

Batu Batu - Pulau Tengah is a sustainably-minded, off-grid private island resort in Johor, Southern Malaysia with a focus on generating profits through tourism to create a positive impact on the surrounding environment. We are passionate believers that sustainable tourism can be beneficial to the environment, local communities and remain profitable for the tourism business operators.

From our little island we frequently witness the negative impact that humans have on nature. We pick up tonnes of plastic from our beaches, retrieve turtle carcasses that wash up on our shores - dead due to speed boat strikes or plastic ingestion, we frequently monitor bleaching of the coral reefs due to warming waters and survey algal blooms which suffocate our reefs and result from the discharge of sewage waters into the ocean. From where we stand, we are simply unable to ignore the fragility of our environment.

At the same time, nature’s wonders are the tourism industry’s and local communities’ greatest asset and so, it makes no sense to operate irresponsibly and risk destroying them. We believe that tourism operators should play a major role in safeguarding these amazing natural assets and those that succeed will be able to benefit from the continuing beauty of their surrounds.

At Batu Batu we have set off on a journey to make our resort more sustainable and protect our beautiful island and its surrounds. It is an authentic mission and our greatest hope is that many others will follow. We hope that this model will become the norm in Malaysia (and further afield) and will allow our children and grandchildren to happily explore and be amazed by the shimmering coral reefs around these magical islands.

Conservation & Sustainability Team Initiatives:

At Batu Batu we have set-up an integrated Conservation & Sustainability Department, under the name of Tengah Island Conservation, and currently employ 4 full-time scientists responsible for:

  1. Running marine and terrestrial conservation projects
  2. Reaching-out to the local schools and communities, resort guests and the resort team to create an awareness of environmental issues
  3. Providing knowledge and advice to the operations team on how to operate more responsibly
  4. Providing advice and helping coordinate the Resort’s sustainable infrastructure projects (such as the development of circular systems in waste management and water treatment)

Timeline

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The Tunku Abdul Jalil Conservation Centre

 HH Tunku Abdul Jalil addressing the Malaysian Nature Society meeting at the office of our director Dato Chua Jui Leng where he advocated for the protection of local wildlife.

HH Tunku Abdul Jalil addressing the Malaysian Nature Society meeting at the office of our director Dato Chua Jui Leng where he advocated for the protection of local wildlife.

The Tunku Abdul Jalil Conservation Centre Is Dedicated To The Late Hrh Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Tunku Laksamana, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

His Highness, the Almarhum Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandaribni Sultan Ibrahim Ismail was the fourth of six children of Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of Johor and Raja Zarith Sofiah, Permaisuri of Johor.

Tunku Abdul Jalil, as he was affectionately known, was born in Johor on 5th July 1990 and was appointed as Tunku Laksamana in 2010.

In his short life of 25 years, the young prince walked very much among commoners, winning the love and respect of the people. Many who have encountered him were full of praise for his humble, gentle, kind and compassionate nature.

 HH Tunku Abdul Jalil with His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Sultan and sovereign Ruler of the State and Territories of Johor Darul Ta’zim.

HH Tunku Abdul Jalil with His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Sultan and sovereign Ruler of the State and Territories of Johor Darul Ta’zim.

A graduate in Zoology and Conservation Studies from the Zoological Society of London, Tunku Jalil was an ardent animal lover. Upon his return from London, he became a volunteer at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah. He was also a volunteer at the Singapore Zoological Garden’s Reptile and Veterinary Department for a year. He kept many pets at his home, including a monitor lizard.

Tunku Jalil was also active in various charity organisations including the Johor Spastic Association, Malaysian Nature Society, the Orang utan Appeal UK and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society. It was not uncommon for people to see the young prince, who was the MRCS vice-chairman for community services, helping to provide and distribute aid for flood victims at evacuation centres across Johor.

Besides his activities in charitable organisations, he was also dedicated to serving the people and the country.

At age 21, Tunku Jalil signed up to be a policeman – the first Johor prince to join the police force – and graduated as an inspector.

Tunku Jalil was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2014. Even as he fought the illness with courage and fortitude, the young prince’s medical condition became a catalyst for charity and a beacon of hope for poor people suffering from cancer. This inspired his father the Sultan of Johor to launch the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation – and the slogan “Fight like Jalil” was coined.

Sadly Tunku Jalil passed away on 5th December 2015 at the age of 25.

We are therefore privileged, humbled and honoured to name our Conservation Centre after and dedicate our book entitled “Island Life – A Natural History of Pulau Tengah” to His Highness Almarhum Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar ibni Sultan Ibrahim. We very much hope that his memory will live on through the environmental work carried out from this centre.

 

“Human effort, 

awareness and 

dedication are to 

be in tandem with 

legislation to ensure 

the preservation.”

- His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Sultan and sovereign Ruler of the State and Territories of Johor Darul Ta’zim

 

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