RM1,000 bounty on plant thief





Ong showing one of several patches in the pocket park where the Madagascar periwinkle plants were growing before they went         missing.

Ong showing one of several patches in the pocket park where the Madagascar periwinkle plants were growing before they went missing.

A BOUNTY of RM1,000 is being offered for information into the theft of 40 Madagascar periwinkle plants from a pocket park in Perak Road, Penang.

Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said the purplish pink flowering plants also known as vinca rosea (scientific name: Catharanthus roseus) were pinched from the park in front of a health clinic.

“The flowers were valued at about RM1,500,” he told a press conference at the site on Tuesday.

“We believe the incident took place the night of June 4.

“The flowers were part of the Penang Island City Council’s RM23,000 beautification allocation under phase one of three phases to brighten up the area.

“The beautification work started on April 24 and was completed on May 9.

The flowering plants were part of a beautification project.
The flowering plants were part of a beautification project. 

“I am offering the cash reward for any information including photos or video recordings of the theft.

“I hope we find evidence to nab the culprit.”

Ong said the flowers lasted barely a month at the park before falling prey to thieves.

He urged the public to stop picking flowers from public spaces but instead just admire them.

He said a police report on the missing plants had been lodged.

If found guilty, the culprit could be jailed not more than seven years, fined or both.

“The council’s Engineering Department has agreed to install CCTV cameras in the area.

“This is not merely because of the plant theft but to increase the general safety in the area.”

He said those with information can call his Batu Lanchang service centre at 04-280 4411 or the nearest police station.