Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak yesterday announced that the government has approved for the Taman Tugu (National Monument Park) in Kuala Lumpur to be placed under a national public trust called “Amanah Warisan Negara”.
He said with the establishment of the public trust, the park would be owned by the people of the country, ensuring it remains well kept and green.
“Other green areas through-out the country will also be placed under Amanah Warisan Negara to maintain and protect these areas for our future generation.
“This is the government’s commitment and promise as we continue to ensure the wellbeing of the people,” he said in his speech at “An Evening with Prime Minister of Malaysia in Taman Tugu”, part of the inaugural “Hari Hasanah” (Day of Good Results).
“Hari Hasanah” is one of the initiatives under Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s “Negaraku, Negara Kita” campaign, held in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day, which aims to promote and foster unity and patriotism among Malaysians.
The prime minister also announced an additional 10.12ha of land adjacent to the existing 26.7ha Taman Tugu project to be placed under the trust, bringing the total to 36.82ha.
“As such, the total area of Taman Tugu will be 91 acres (36.82ha). If Taman Tugu is combined with the Perdana Botanical Gardens next to it, the total area of the green park will be 331 acres (133.95ha).
“This is similar to famous cities such as London, New York and Tokyo, which have green lungs in the heart of the city,” he said. The RM650 million Taman Tugu Project was launched by the prime minister on Sept 4 last year. — Bernama