THE GreenAcres Retirement Village will soon be a pocket of tranquility in Ipoh dedicated to retired and working senior citizens.
The retirement village, set to be built on a 5ha-wide site in Bandar Meru Raya, is said to be the first of its kind in Malaysia.
Total Investment Sdn Bhd executive director John Chong said the idea for a retirement village in Ipoh first germinated over 20 years ago when his mother Siew Yin Leng, who is also co-founder of the company, saw the Australian model of retirement villages.
“She saw what it had to offer to the seniors in Australia, and thought ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have something like this in Malaysia for Malaysian seniors?’
“That is why the launching of the GreenAcres show units today marks another milestone in our journey towards full operation.
“Many people could not visualise the concept of a retirement village before this just by looking at our floor plans or scale model, hence the need to launch some show units of what we wish to offer to our country’s seniors,” he said in his speech before state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon launched the show units last Saturday.
Like many other developed and developing nations in the world, Chong said Malaysia is on the threshold of a large demographic shift as the generation of baby boomers starts to retire.
“On the other hand, the children are seeking their fortune in greener pastures by going out of the stare or even abroad, often with no intention to return to their hometown.
“As parents, the understanding that our children need to create good lives for themselves also comes with a tacit acceptance that they may or may not be there to take care of you as you age.
“But when our modern day seniors think of the next stage of accommodation, this means the typical old folk’s homes that make them shudder with fear as such places are short on comfort, style, and offer no life,” he said.
It is in addressing this fear, Chong said, that he has decided to embark on this journey to introduce a whole new concept of retirement lifestyle to Malaysians.
“We want to show them that it is possible for retirement living to be wonderful and fruitful.
“This is what GreenAcres is all about. Our mission is simple – to provide a better quality of life for retirees, so our concept revolves around a community ecosystem supported by activities, facilities and homes that cater to seniors,” he said.
Speaking to journalists after the launch, Dr Mah lauded the efforts of Total Investment as timely and brave because Malaysia is moving towards becoming an ageing nation come 2020.
“Even currently, Perak is one of the states in the country with a high number of senior citizens.
“That’s why we need to prepare to meet the needs of seniors now, and to me, the introduction of this retirement village is a paradigm shift in our country’s development,” he said.
Impressed with the retirement village’s unique designs that are comfortable and senior-friendly, Dr Mah said the project is made with both heart and soul.
The retirement village will have 106 units of landed villas with no fencing of four different designs, with built-up areas ranging from 734sq ft to 1,105sq ft, when it is completed in early 2017.
One important service provided at the development is the emergency call system that is active 24 hours a day, so that residents can summon help in the event of any medical emergencies.
In the heart of the village will be the clubhouse – a centre for activities where residents can take part in taichi or line dancing sessions, sing in the karaoke room, play mah-jong in the games room, keep fit in the gym or enjoy a movie at the mini cinema.
There are also plans for a low-rise apartment block and aged-care residences by 2019.
Anyone aged 55 and above is an eligible buyer who will get a lifetime lease for each unit bought.
For details, call 05-253 6555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greenacres.com.my.