Friday June 1, 2012
Students on cycling expedition pitch in at Paya Indah Wetlands
By THO XIN YI
THE three-year tree planting collaboration between Shaklee Malaysia and Forestry Depart-ment came to its final phase recently with the planting of 100 trees at Paya Indah Wetlands in Dengkil.
Making the event more meaningful was the presence of Jelajah Amal Berbasikal 1Malaysia participants from Johor, who made a stop in Selangor during their seven-day expedition in the peninsula.
The cyclists — 60 students from six secondary schools in Batu Pahat, Johor, as well as officers and teachers, joined Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Department director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim and Shaklee Products (M) Sdn Bhd South-East Asia regional general manager Victor Lim to plant the trees at the wetlands.
Elaborating on the collaboration, Lim said Shaklee Malaysia was inspired by Shaklee Corporation’s “A Million Tree, A Million Dreams” campaign in the United States, which has a target of planting over a million trees in North America to raise awareness on global warming and to help offset a signifant portion of carbon dioxide produced.
“We decided to follow suit by launching the programme in Malaysia in 2009, working together with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia to replant trees at the Kepong Botanical Garden.
“The cooperation with Forestry Department came about as we were eager to get into a longer term tree-planting effort. The first two years saw tree-planting efforts at the Bukit Sungei Puteh Reserve in Cheras,” Lim said.
Shaklee Malaysia also sponsored part of the trail at this forest park.
The change of site this year was to help the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry achieve its aim of making the Paya Indah Wetlands a premier eco-tourism park.
Among the trees planted during the event were asam gelugor, rukam, rambai hutan, sentul, melinjau and jambu bol.
In his speech, Abdul Rahman said the collaboration was in line with the ministry’s “26 Million Trees Planting” campaign launched in April 2010.
“About 24.9 million trees have been planted so far, while the campaign aims to have 26 million trees planted by 2014.
“Besides adding more tree species in Paya Indah Wetlands, today’s event also echoes the ministry’s aspiration to instill the ‘love the environment’ message to the public, especially among students,” he added.