“It’s timely for us to have GreenAcres and it’s very courageous on the part of developer, Total Investment to take up this new challenge,” said Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, Executive Councillor for Health, Public Transport, Non-Islamic Affairs, National Integration and New Villages during the unveiling of GreenAcres show units, Peninsular Malaysia’s first retirement village and also the first in Perak.

“Government has realised the importance of taking care of this aging group of people by formulating the National Policy for the Elderly in 1995 and setting up the National Elderly Health Council in 1997. It was then reviewed and approved in 2011 as the National Policy for Older Persons and Plan of Action for Older Persons,” he told a multi-ethnic crowd of over 200 on Saturday, October 24.

Present at the morning launch were Chong Heng Kiong, Chairman of TI Homes, Tan Fun Kwai, Managing Director of TI Homes, Siew Yin Leng, co-founder of TI Homes and John Chong, Executive Director of TI Homes.

When fully-built, there would be 106 units of landed villas encompassing several designs, 72 units in a low-rise apartment block, a clubhouse providing stimulating activities and an on-site aged-care facility within the gated and guarded 13-acre site in Meru Raya.

All units are elder-friendly, as they come with grab bars, emergency call system, minimal curbs and wide doorways for wheelchair entry. Unlike any other nursing or welfare homes, it provides a place for residents to age gracefully in a vibrant community interwoven with a peace of mind.

During the event, the single room unit and double room unit were on display.

“This place is quite cozy and it looks safe,” Rajesh, a 65-year-old retired lecturer told Ipoh Echo. “The houses here are very well done up with lots of planning taken into consideration. It’s a very good concept,” Nancy, 74, a retiree echoed.

“It’s a paradigm shift and I expect more to come,” said Mah during the press conference.

Expected to be operational in early 2017, it is currently under construction with a completion percentage of 25 per cent. Prices range from RM300,000 to RM452,000 a unit. The concept of this retirement village is such that one does not necessarily purchase a unit for good but rather lease it for the duration of one’s life. 

Readers keen on getting more information can do so by calling GreenAcres at 05 253 6555 or visiting its  sales office at Total Investment Sdn Bhd, 3 Jalan Lasam, Greentown, 30450 Ipoh.

Mei Kuan