IPOH (Bernama): Perak Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) has planted 75,000 trees throughout the state from November until now under its Stay Green initiative.
MB Inc chief executive officer Anuar Zainal Abidin, said the effort was carried out in collaboration with 50 agencies and departments, institutions of higher learning and other parties.
They include the state Education Department and Forestry Department, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and non -governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Sahabat Alam Activist Association.
“We also work with the Orang Asli community through this programme, where a total of 9,620 coffee trees are planted in several Orang Asli villages, namely in Kampung Air Bah, Kampung Asu Hulu Perak and Kampung Kerawat.
“All the villagers have been given appropriate training in planting and tree care, in an effort to preserve the environment as well as to provide income opportunities to the Orang Asli,” he told a press conference here on Monday (Sept 20).
He said among the trees planted were mangrove trees, as well as berembang and ketapang trees which could prevent erosion at riverbanks.
He added that MB Inc welcomed more parties to come forward to work together in tree planting efforts to intensify environmental preservation initiatives. – Bernama