By: Zaki Salleh
KAMPAR – Tanjung Tualang Dredger No.5 (TT5) which is the only dredger museum in the country, received an international mechanical engineering award, the Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), United Kingdom.
It was chosen because it met the awarding criteria of being well-preserved, having contributed to the state and national economy and having heritage characteristics.
This historic dredger is also part of the history of the tin mining industry in the state of Perak.
IMechE is an international institutional body comprising 115,000 engineers from around the world.
The 85-year-old Dredger TT5 was built by the British company, FW Payne in 1938 and is now under the supervision of MB Inc through its subsidiary, Amanjaya TTS Sdn. Bhd.
MB Inc. is the first recipient of this award in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
The award was handed over by ImechE Eur Ing President Phil Peel to the State Energy, Water and Public Transport Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Meanwhile, MB Inc Chief Operating Officer Nor Afzanizam Abd Manan said the award recognized the state government’s efforts in preserving the only dredger remaining in Perak.
“We feel responsible and continue to be committed to conserving TT5 and greening the area around it.
“Not only that but MB Inc. is also implementing phased development in the area,” he said.
He said again, MB Inc. feels proud of receiving this international recognition and hopefully, this award is a catalyst for other GLCs to conserve together this priceless state treasure.