Exactly a year ago today, former Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak launched the Taman Tugu Project. Today, the former Prime Minister planted a Belian tree, at the Taman Tugu park site, to emphasise the Government’s continued commitment to heritage and environmental conservation for the benefit of future generations of Malaysians.
Former Prime Minister – Tun Abdullah Badawi and wife – Tun Jeanne; Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (“NRE”) – YB Dato Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar and wife; Chairman of Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club – Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, Deputy Minister of NRE, Secretary General of the Ministry of Federal Territories and Kuala Lumpur Mayor were among those who graced the event. The event was also attended by representatives of partners from Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia (“JPSM”), Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”), Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”), Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (“ILAM”), amongst others. Student members of Kelab Pencinta Alam from Sekolah Kebangsaan Subang Bestari 2 and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Darul Ehsan assisted attendees to plant Merbau trees around the event site.
The event is part of Hari Hasanah – one of the initiatives under Khazanah Nasional’s “Negaraku, Negara Kita” campaign, which celebrates and commemorates Malaysia’s journey and progress as a nation, in conjunction with Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia.
During the event, the former Prime Minister delivered three key points:
- The 66-acre Taman Tugu park will be placed under a national public trust, Amanah Warisan Negara (AWAN). The trust will hold and manage the urban forest park in perpetuity for the public to enjoy.
- An additional 25-acres of land, adjacent to Taman Tugu park, will also be transferred to AWAN to be preserved for perpetuity as a public green space.
- Finally, the former Prime Minister announced a design competition for park benches and gazebos to be placed in the park. The competition, which is open to all Malaysians, is in collaboration with the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia – a clear example of a Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership.
The event ended with the former Prime Minister going on a trail walk before heading off to Projek Perumahan Rakyat (“PPR”) Seri Semarak in Setapak where he officially launched Cruyff Court Seri Semarak and Cruyff Court Kg. Baru Air Panas. The Cruyff Court programme is a collaboration between Yayasan Hasanah and Johan Cruyff Foundation.