Borneo Eco-Healing Centre Sdn. Bhd. (a Bumiputera owned private company) and Yayasan Sabah were issued a 100 years Sustainable Forest Management License Agreement by the Sabah State Government to manage and develop Kalabakan Forest based on the Deramakot Model.
As far as zoning is concerned, the Licensed Area hence could be zoned as conservation area, production area, community area, or recreation area. In this context, the Project Area falls mostly in Gunung Rara Forest Reserve (1,016 ha) and partly in Kalabakan Forest Reserve (268.1 ha), that is, within Block YT 5/04 for recreation purpose. In order to pursue this objective, YS wholly-owned subsidiary, INNO FISHERIES Sdn. Bhd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Asiatic Organic Farm Sdn. Bhd. (a subsidiary of Borneo Eco- Healing Centre Sdn. Bhd.). For the purpose of this plan, the Project Area is also known as Kalabakan Forest Reserve.
To meet the terms of the agreement, AOFSB had presented a conceptual framework proposal to the State Government which is the Sabah Forestry Department on 3rd April 2008 to develop approximately 10% (131 ha) of the total project area for an integrated wellness and ecotourism centre that incorporates ecotourism, resort and spa facilities and an agrosilvopastoral activities related tourism. The rest of the project area, which is 1153 ha is set aside for conservation so that nature based attractions with high level of environmental experiences can be achieved.
• To provide wellness and rejuvenation experiences through proven healing therapies, conscious living and restorative environments, and teaching the Law of Nature- so that our clients feeling vibrant, renewed and transformed.
• To become the leading wellness centre and destination in Asia within three years; and in the world in five years, with the idea of health and wellness tourism in this context to strike a balance between protecting the environment, maintaining cultural integrity and promoting economic benefits in Sabah.
Located in the Southern part of Sabah, Kalabakan Forest for the Ecotourism Project Development estimated to be 1281 hectares and still in its initial developmental stage. It is about five hours travel from KK town and two and a half hours from Tawau Town.
Founder-Dr. Nip Wing Kan
Dr. Nip is the founder and managing director of Anti-Aging Aesthetic Services in Sabah, Malaysia. He was trained in Japan, China and Taiwan in quantum medicine, and held a PhDs in Metaphysics. He has conducted researches and helped hundreds of clients at his center in Malaysia and many other countries around the world. He believes that there is hope for preventive medicine if people can combine healing for body, mind, spirit. He is studying to be a nutrition consultant from Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley California. Dr. Nip is currently practicing Neuro Linguistic Programming and getting another PhD as Doctor of Naturopathy medicine from University of Natural Medicine. His passion includes sustainable organic farming which he has a project with the Malaysia government. He also leads some efforts in environmental project and traditional complimentary medicine in Malaysia. Currently he is working with the University of Malaysia Sabah to help identify herbal medicine, energy and agriculture project and proving the benefits of organic farming in health and environment.
Farm Consultant-Mr. Shum Mun Hong (Technical Consultant of Asiatic Organic Farm)
1988- Started up in conventional vegetable farming and started to be a wholesaler in Brunei. 1990-1992- He noticed the problems and health risks in consuming vegetables grown conventionally. 1993- He started to think about the food safety problems of the conventional vegetables and tried to find out a solution for sustainable chemical-free vegetables. Hence, he went for organic farming and carried on his research and development technique. Throughout the journey of organic farming, these were the problems he found: The income of the organic farming was not stable as the production of the organic vegetable was very difficult to be controlled. The cost of the organic vegetable was higher and hence influenced the retailed price. There were also some logistic and marketing problems as the health consciousness of the local society was still low. He also discovered that there was lack of supportive action from local government in helping the organic farmer to produce high quality fresh goods and provide some subsidies and grants in organic farming development. From the point of view as an organic farmer, he noticed that the cooperation from the local organic farmers was not well-integrated. He claimed that many of the local organic farmers were self-interested and he hopes that the sharing of experiences and information among farmers will be boundless. This will promote mutualistic results and improve the organic farming standards.
2008 - Until now- He has been contributing himself as a Farm Manager in Asiatic Organic Farm Sdn. Bhd. in utilizing his expertise in organic farming. He also aims to help the community and find means to improve the organic farming system. He hopes everyone can enjoy organic food as he does.
November 2008 - Inventory at the Asiatic Organic Farm had been made.
December 2008 - Workers recruited and Goat Feedlot started operating. Housing area started to be built and clearing for trail. Bio-compost materials were ready to be fermented.
Up to date, we have about 35 workers inside the farm dedicated on the organic cultivation. Besides, we have two research students pursuing their Masters Degree from University Malaysia Sabah who are responsible for the research and development of the farm.