Malakoff booster to MPSJ’s tree planting efforts

By TMR

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has planted close to 136,000 trees in the first three quarters of this year, surpassing its annual target of planting 80,000 trees.

Independent power producer Malakoff Corp Bhd, a member of the MMC Group, has come on board to further boost the efforts to green the Subang Jaya area by contributing 500 trees.

Last Saturday, volunteers from Malakoff, MPSJ, Yayasan Hijau Malaysia (YaHijau) and local residents took part in planting 150 trees at Taman Kejiranan Putra Bahagia 8/3K in Putra Heights.

The event marked the maiden collaboration between MPSJ, Malakoff and YaHijau, an agency under the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), the council said in a statement.

As at end-September, MPSJ planted 135,946 trees, well above the 80,000 target set by the state government, the statement added.

Among the tree species planted are Phyllantus acidus (cermai), Tamarindus indica (tamarind), Baccaurea macrocarpa (tampoi), Spondias dulcis (kedondong), Annona muricata (durian belanda), Averrhoa bilimbi (belimbing buluh) and Cynometra cauliflora (nam-nam).

Shade-providing species planted include Phyllantus pectinatus (melaka), Barringtonia racemosa (putat kampung), Hopea odorata (merawan siput jantan), Lagerstroemia speciosa (bungor), Garcinia subelliptica (happiness tree), Laburnum x watereri (golden chain), Maniltoa browneoides (handkerchief tree), Mesua ferrea (penaga lilin) and Saraca cauliflora (yellow saraca).

The event was witnessed by MESTECC secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya, MPSJ president Noraini Roslan and Malakoff CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Mohd Kenali.

On its part, YaHijau aims to promote and educate youth on the importance of green technology and its benefits towards sustainable living through various programmes and activities conducted under the organisation.

It also plays a pivotal role in promoting and encouraging the participation of corporate entities, communities and the general public towards increasing green living practices in Malaysia through corporate social responsibility initiatives and sponsorships. — TMR