Ipoh City Council (MBI) has started to beautify the streets with more bougainvillea plants to reaffirm its image as the Bougainvillea City.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the planting of the shrubs began in June last year.
“We have planted these flowering shrubs in several areas, including Sunway City, Meru Raya and near Kompleks Islam in the city.
“We want to reinstate our image as the Bougainvillea City,” he said.
Rumaizi said it was also part of the council’s efforts to reduce carbon footprint as Ipoh aimed to be a low carbon city by 2030.
“We are also planting more trees with high carbon absorption rate. These include the casuarina and Flame of the Forest.
“This also helps lower the temperature in the city,” he added.
Rumaizi added that MBI would also green the city as much as it could until 2023.
“This coincides with another aim of ours, which is to become the cleanest city in the country,” he said during a food aid presentation programme at Eco Park in Bandar Seri Botani.
Ipoh was declared Bougainvillea City to commemorate its status as a city in 1988.
The local governments at the time were given an option to name their town or city after a tree or flower, with Ipoh choosing the bougainvillea due to the proliferation of the blooms in the city then.
The food aid presentation programme was a collaboration with Pinji Botanics Sdn Bhd to assist 100 needy folk from Simpang Pulai and Pengkalan.
Rumaizi presented them with basic foodstuff such as instant noodles, biscuits, oil and a bag of rice.