IF YOU happen to drive by Batu Lanchang area in Penang, make sure to look out for the beautiful flowers at the mini parks by the roadside.
Flowers such as roses, costus herb, bright eyes flowers, lantanas, carphaleas, orange jessamine, Chinese fringe flower and Rainbow Eucalyptus tree fill the mini parks along the main roads here.
Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said the flowers were planted not only to enhance the scenery but also to bring calmness to road users.
“The mini parks are divided into three phases and it will cost around RM40,000 for the project.
“For phase one, we decorated the junction in front of the Jalan Perak government health clinic.
“In phase two, we recently planted many flowers at the mini park in front of Convent Green Lane.
“We began phase two of the project at the end of February but due to the movement control order, things were put on hold.
“The project was stopped for about two months as we could not water and fertilise the plants.
“For phase three of the project, we will plant flowers at the junction in front of Lam Wah Ee Hospital and the junction before Batu Lanchang market.
“We hope that the project will be completed by next month.
“We trimmed the bushes into the shape of Mickey Mouse at the junction from Jalan Masjid Negeri heading to Batu Lanchang market to mark the Year of the Rat.
“Through this initiative, we hope that road users will be more relaxed on the road with nice scenery, ” he said.
Ong urged the public to take good care of the mini parks and to refrain from plucking the flowers.
“There were irresponsible people who plucked the flowers and we hope that they will not do that again, so that other people can enjoy the beautiful scenery.
“We plan to plant more sunflowers with the hope of spreading positivity besides beautifying the area, ” he added.