KUALA LUMPUR – Every Member of Parliament should plant a tree around the Parliament building to increase the green areas around it and protect the environment, said chairman of Landskap Malaysia Tun Jeanne Abdullah.
She said the move would add to the beauty of the Parliament grounds while encouraging the MPs to be good to the earth.
“This initiative could be similar to the move by SEA Games 2017 athletes to plant trees for every award they won.
“There are still many open areas in the Parliament, the MPs can take the initiative of planting trees,” she told reporters after the Our Forest Trees Planting @Parliament programme today held in conjunction with the 60th Independence Day celebrations here today.
Bernama had previously reported that a tree would be planted for every gold medal won at the 29th SEA Games and the 9th ASEAN Para Games (KL2017).
This latest programme by the Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc), called ‘One Medal, One Tree’ is aimed at offsetting the carbon released during the KL2017.
Commenting on the Our Forest Trees Planting @ Parliament programme, Jeanne said so far 60 trees had been planted in a joint effort by Landskap Malaysia and the Parliament since 2013.
She said the main objective of the annual programme was to celebrate the independence month as well as provide greater exposure to the members of the Parliament on the green initiative so as to increase awareness of the environment.
“Today, we planted the Suregada Multiflora trees which are also known as Merlimau,” she said.
To date, 74,000 trees of various local species have been planted throughout the country since Landskap Malaysia was set up in 2009.
Also present today was former Prime Minister, who is also the advisor of Landskap Malaysia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy President of the Senate Datuk Seri Abdul Halim Abd Samad. – BERNAMA