Temokin began life back in 1989 as a specialist contractor for high-quality pipe jacking and earthworks, playing a pivotal role in the construction of Malaysia’s first micro-tunnelling project two years later.
The firm has since evolved into a reputable turnkey civil engineering company and real estate developer. Arguably, Temokin’s most notable projects to date are the new National Palace (Istana Negara) in Kuala Lumpur and the multi-billion-ringgit Seremban Middle Ring Road.
The move into property development, however, was always a goal, but the firm held back until 2011 when Temokin Development was incorporated. Its maiden project, the freehold Mahligai in Nusa Damai, Pasir Gudang, Johor, sits on 11.5 acres with a gross development value of MYR100 million (USD24.2 million).
Named after Mahligai from the Sanskrit word for ‘mansion’ — the phrase also loosely translates as ‘heaven in Malay’ — it piqued the interest of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2020 judging panel, which awarded the development a Highly Commended accolade in the Best High End Landed Development (Southern) category.
Divided into three phases, each targeting the local Johor market and first-time buyers, the first phase of Mahligai launched in 2018, comprising 53 two-storey terraced houses. Phase 2, unveiled last year, meanwhile, features a further 87 two-storey terraced houses.
Upon completion, the project will be home to three parks — two larger parks and a pocket park — for residents to enjoy. To create a sense of ownership of these green spaces, Temokin Development has embarked on a placemaking initiative called Kita Bersama.
One of its first engagement activities will be to gather opinions from future residents — buyers of Phase 1 as well as prospective buyers — of what they would like to see incorporated in the larger parks, after which a vote will be taken.
In addition to the promotion of community values, residents will also benefit from the property’s strategic location, which is accessible via the Pasir Gudang Highway and Senai-Desaru Expressway. Education centres in the vicinity include Sultan Ibrahim Premier Polytechnic Johor Bahru, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology, UniWorld International School and The Japanese School of Johor.
Mydin, Tesco and Maslee Pasir Gudang Supermarket amongst others, meanwhile, will cater to residents’ grocery and household needs. KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist Hospital, Penawar Hospital and Regency Specialist Hospital are also nearby.
Another upcoming landmark development in the central region is a joint-venture project with Tropicana Corp Bhd on a 2.28-acre freehold parcel located in Petaling Jaya. The to-be-confirmed project is expected to comprise high-rise residential towers.
Elsewhere, the developer currently has a land bank of 50 acres, spread across Malaysia’s central region. For the time being at least, it will continue to focus on catering to the central and southern regions of Malaysia, although plans are afoot to expand operations in the future.