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The Founder

SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP is headed by Michael Tan. Based in Malaysia, Michael has successfully developed properties for over 30 ​years, encompassing tens of thousands of units​ worth over USD 2 billion. He has served as a ​director on the boards of several public listed ​companies, including the position of CEO of ​ Tongkah Holdings Berhad. Departing from the ​public sphere in 1993, Michael has founded the ​numerous private equity property companies ​which comprise Sanctuary Lakes Global Group representing investors from the US, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and China, with operations spanning the globe.​


SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP is a leading Australian-Malaysian property group with an established reputation for delivering high quality projects. ​

Supported by a select network of consultants, SLGG’s principals and affiliates have successfully undertaken projects in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, North America, Europe and the Peoples’ Republic of China, and in the process, established new benchmarks for excellence in the communities in which the group operates.​

An Introduction

Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (then Prime Minister of Malaysia) and YAB Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud (Chief Minister of Sarawak) reviewing SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP's Kasuma Resort in Sarawak.





Partnership and Teamwork 


Through All Project Phases

SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP works extensively with private investors and also offers major joint venture and collaborative experience with state and municipal governments in Malaysia, Australia and China.

Each phase of SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP's projects benefit from the expertise and skills of its principals, staff and selected consultants, located in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, London, San Francisco and Melbourne.


Project Management

  • Conceptual Planning

  • Detail Planning

  • Project Implementation

  • Completion and Follow Through

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Conceptual Planning

The  conceptual plan  establishes the basic parameters of the  project, its various components, design themes and feature land uses.  Each project is unique and requires consideration of multiple facets ranging from  its physical inclinations to its cultural context. SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP has progressed projects differentiated by flat meadows to steep hillsides, deserts to lake-lands, Californian modernity to Laotian heritage. 

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Detail Planning 

At this stage, multiple disciplines and technical   expertise must be   engaged  to develop a comprehensive plan. SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP has an established and growing network of engineers, planners, architects, landscape designers, quantity surveyors, geotechnical engineers, hydrology consultants, finance, marketing and legal experts among others.  SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP’s managers have successfully organized and deployed the myriad disciplines necessary for the success of each of the group’s projects.

Project Implementation

This stage encompasses physical construction and design/budget compliance. A dedicated Project Manager will coordinate all parties to ensure the plan is carried out as scheduled, within established cost and quality parameters. SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP is able to draw from an experienced international pool of highly skilled personnel in addition to a strong record of engaging qualified local individuals, to create teams motivated to achieve project objectives.

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Completion And Follow Through 

SANCTUARY LAKES GLOBAL GROUP  creates and delivers valued assets, and continues to be involved in post completion to ensure the realization of each project’s full potential.

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