ENTER a world of fairy tales, cartoons and funky landscaping when you go to Taman MBI Desa Ku in Kedah.
About 20km from Lunas and 50km from Penang island is a housing project near Kampung Padang Meha that pays tribute to fiction and fantasy.
Giant sculptures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and also Bumblebee and Optimus Prime from the Transformer series greet visitors at the entrance.
After the guardhouse, in three gardens surrounded by newly built and unoccupied houses, are more than 50 big and colourful sculptures scattered over the lawns.
The biggest garden is called 'Fairy Tale' and there you will find statues of Snow White’s seven dwarfs, Smurfs and a life-size Hellboy from Marvel Comics.
There are also adorable Furby characters in random colours along the pathways, with shady resting spots and stone benches.
A dozen abstract and artistic sculptures made from marble are there along with fearsome dinosaurs made from welded scrap metal.
Across the road is the Japanese garden with a fountain, pond and red bridge across it.
The Cactus garden is a small square of the thorny plants and has more greenery than the other two gardens.
At night, these gardens are aglow with LED lights.
Taman MBI Desa Ku has become an attraction for Kedahans although it is marketed by MBI Desa Ku Sdn Bhd, which is part of the controversial MBI Group.
The group commands a strong following in Penang but it is one of 302 firms flagged by Bank Negara’s financial consumer alert list on suspicion of not adhering to financial laws and regulations.
Several of the group’s businesses were recently raided by authorities including the Companies Commission Malaysia and Bank Negara.
It was reported that the project is a 100ha mixed development with 2,000 homes, 15 shop offices and amenities.
The homes are exclusively single-storey and double-storey semi-detached and terraced homes.
Work on the gardens is believed to have started in July last year and completed two months later.
When approached, staff in the management and sales office kept mum and were unwilling to elaborate on the project.
Construction is ongoing and homes nearest to the gardens are completed.
Among those spotted visiting the gardens on Thursday were housewife Nadirah Ishak, 30, from Lunas, who went with her four-year-old daughter Nur Qairina Mohd Azli and friend Fazilah Mohd Zet, 40.
“We saw photos of this place on social media. It’s nice and children would love it. I think wedding couples will find it great for photo shoots too,” she said, adding that she would bring all her family members to visit too.
Farmer Rosli Che Me, 44, from Kepala Batas, have visited several times.
“I pass by here often as my hometown is nearby, and I usually bring my children in the evenings.
“The landscaping is well kept and safe for children to run around,” he said.
To get there from Penang, take a road trip following the signboards toward Lunas and Baling.
About 20km after Lunas, the housing estate will be visible along the trunk road.