In the excitement of getting Iskandar Malaysia as the next economic corridor in this region and JB starts to take its place in the tourism industry, they thought there is not so much flavour of Johor Bahru being offered to the tourists.
Inspired by Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne or even Bugis Street in Singapore, they felt that it is timely for them to put something to come and treasure what JB is all about. So rather than they keep exploring the green field area and possibly facing the doughnut effect, then it came out with the "Kilang Bateri", the “soul of Johor Bahru”!
"Kilang Bateri", a lifestyle mall that occupies a factory building. "Kilang Bateri" offers an educational and recreational experience for the young ones. It is also the prime spot for events, concerts and New Year’s Eve celebrations, attracting even more visitors every year.
When they open their doors on 15 August 2015, there are 50 tenants and they managed to get 100% occupancy by the third month of our operations. In the 5th month, they were voted #1 place to be visited in Johor Bahru by AirAsia, featured in AirAsia magazine as one of the destinations to visit in Johor and subsequently recognised as the creative hub for JB by the British Council.
Johan Ropi, an architect in practice. Now known as Co-founder or the man behind "Kilang Bateri". Let’s hear the successful story from the man who is forever ready to take charge and change JB for the better.
An architect in practice. Now known as Co-founder or the man behind "Kilang Bateri", a lifestyle mall that occupies a factory building. Get involved in : Johor Bahru Transformation program, Iskandar Malaysia's urban renewal program, CEO of Institut Integriti Kepimpinan dan Latihan Semangat Dato' Onn (IKLAS), Committee member of a community football club (Uda FC)
He was an architect in practice. Now known as Co-founder or the man behind "Kilang Bateri", a lifestyle mall that occupies a factory building.
Johan has been involved in rejuvenation projects such as Johor Bahru Transformation program and Iskandar Malaysia's urban renewal programs since 2010. He is currently the CEO of Institut Integriti Kepimpinan dan Latihan Semangat Dato' Onn (IKLAS), a training unit under Chief Minister of Johor that assists the government in scouting world-class Johor talents. He is also an active committee member of a community football club, Uda FC.
As a “JB Boy” and an architect by training, Johan was educated through and through in Johor Bahru and graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai. Having started his architectural practice in Kuala Lumpur and spending another 4 years in Singapore, he involved in a few notable projects, in particular, the design team that delivered The Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai. 2009, he decided to bring home his experience and expertise by joining the local town council (MBJB) and subsequently IRDA to serve the interest of his beloved hometown of JB, and bring back new life and character to the place we affectionately call “home”!