Residents snap up free saplings from MBPJ

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 02 Jul 2020

Visitors picking out their plants at the MBPJ sapling giveaway in Kelana Jaya.

Gardening enthusiasts were delighted to receive free tree saplings from Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) as it commemorated the city’s 14th anniversary.

MBPJ gave away 1,000 saplings comprising herbs, flowers and other decorative plants to the public via a drive-through at the council’s Landscape and Urban Greenery Department office in Kelana Jaya.

The giveaway was a token of appreciation and gesture of thanks to the local community for their support and ideas in helping with the council’s development efforts.

“I came all the way from Taman Sri Sentosa in Jalan Kelang Lama to pick up some plants for my home, ” said Ng Kim Chooi, 59, who went home with two saplings of inai merah (a henna plant) and excocaria (an ornamental plant).

She said the carpark area of her apartment was always hot.

“This is because there are next to no trees around. So I hope planting some trees will help to cool the area.

“I have a very small balcony but I do grow some aloe vera plants, which I use to make juice, ” said Ng, an engineer’s assistant.

Her neighbour, Wong Sew Nyon, 63, a housewife, was really pleased that the programme encouraged people to plant more greenery around their homes, especially in high-rise buildings with limited space.

The two women heard about the initiative from a newspaper and were eager to add some greenery to their homes and surrounding areas.

Within the first two hours of MBPJ’s initiative, more than 70 people came to collect the free saplings.

Visitors were required to wear a face mask, sanitise their hands and register with the Selangkah system before entering the premises.

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