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Perking up Butterworth


Think City project manager Murali Ram (seated right on replica of sampan) with staff and guests at the launch of the Rain Garden car park — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

Think City project manager Murali Ram (seated right on replica of sampan) with staff and guests at the launch of the Rain Garden car park — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

THE Rain Garden car park at the end of Jalan Jeti Lama, Butterworth, is now open to the public.

It has a pond with a sampan that you and your friends can board for a memorable wefie.

Located in front of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, it has 15 parking lots with two more for cars of disabled persons and 12 motorcycle parking lots.

The remaining space has two gardens with a raised stage, benches, lighting, a hand-operated water pump and two ponds teeming with small fishes.

Writer Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin showing his ‘Lost in Bagan’ books.
Writer Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin showing his ‘Lost in Bagan’ books. 

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who opened the garden, said the Rain Garden cost RM343,918, of which RM100,000 was borne by the state government and the rest by Think City.

The space has been placed under the care of Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).

MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the project is part of the Butterworth Baru Programme, an initiative to transform Butterworth into a culturally vibrant town.

“The town’s gross development value increased by 250%, from RM132.5mil in 2015 to RM306.8mil as of August,” he said.

The event also saw the launching of the book ‘Lost In Bagan’ by local caricature artist Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin, 33, who was born and raised in Kampung Benggali in Butterworth.

Mohd Azmi, who pens under the name ME, said the book contains caricatures showing nostalgic sights of Butterworth in the 1980s.

(Left and above pic) Visitors taking photos and checking out the Rain Garden car park in Jalan Jeti Lama in Butterworth.
Visitors taking photos and checking out the Rain Garden car park in Jalan Jeti Lama in Butterworth. 

“The book narrates my journey of returning and visiting places such as the old Cathay theatre, Jalan Pantai beachfront, the original Abdul Kadir Mosque building and the soybean milk stall in Kampung Benggali.

“Many local businesses have moved out.

“These are memories of my childhood, which I wish to share with the younger generation,” he said.

   

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