OVER 160 trees of various species were planted in Bagan, Butterworth, as part of the Government’s efforts to green the earth and beautify the area.
Bagan assemblyman P.K. Subbaiyah, who planted the trees at several locations in his constituency recently, said the trees were bought using allocations provided by the Tourism Ministry.
“The ministry has allocated RM25,000 to each state constituency to plant trees and green the earth.
“We hope other organisations, especially the private sector, will also join in the campaign and not just leave it to the Government to do it. It is the duty of everyone to protect the environment and beautify our surroundings,” he said.
He said this after planting Khaya trees at the Bagan Dalam Masjid Jamek compound in Butterworth. Khaya trees can grow up to 30m and can provide shades during hot weather.
Subbaiyah, who is also the state Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman, also planted trees at SM Assumption, SK Perai, RT Heng Choon Tian, RT Taman Bagan and within the compound of Balai Islam, all in Butterworth.
He added that more trees would be planted in Bagan until the RM25,000 allocation was fully spent for the purpose.
Bagan Dalam Masjid Jamek committee chairman Awaluddin Mohamad said the Khaya trees would help green the mosque environment as it was located next to the Butterworth Outer Ring Road.