IN A combined effort to beautify Sungai Kinta, almost 1,000 Ipoh City Council and Maybank employees joined forces to plant 50 trees along the river.
Maybank sponsored the 50 trees to be planted during the programme, including tree species like Tecoma, Janda Merana, Tembusu, Semarak Api and Merawan Siput Jantan.
The trees were planted along a 500m stretch of the river near Taman D.R. Seenivasagam.
Mayor Datuk Zamri Man said the tree were specially selected because each of the species has a minimum lifespan of 50 years.
“This means that our younger generation will be able to enjoy the beauty of these trees once they have grown,” he told a press conference after launching the tree-planting last Saturday.
While staff of the Maybank Perak region participated in the programme under its Maybank Global Corporate Responsibility Day, the council took part in the effort under its Ipoh River Care Corporate Social Responsibility Tree-Planting Programme.
With the 50 trees already planted during the event, Zamri said the council had already successfully planted 1,000 trees around Ipoh since 2010, notably near the Simpang Pulai exit of the North-South Expressway heading to Ipoh city.
“We are also working on adding colourful lighting to the trees to further beautify them at night,” he said.
Zamri also commended Maybank’s efforts in giving back to the environment, and said he hopes to see more of such cooperation between the private and public sector.
“We will be running a few more initiatives related to the beautification of Ipoh so that more private organisations get the chance to do their part in giving back to society. Hopefully, we will be able to build a name for the city in the eyes of the world,” he said.
Also present at the event was Drainage and Irrigation Department Director Juhaimi Jusoh.
Maybank Perak Regional Director Mazlina Muhammad said the group’s Global CR Day is part of their employee volunteerism programme held simultaneously on the same day worldwide, with over 18,000 of their employees gathering to reaffirm their commitment to social and community development.
Earlier, Zamri also flagged off a treasure hunt for Maybank employees held in conjunction with Global CR Day. The route for the treasure hunt covered the heritage trail in Ipoh Old Town.