The Taman Tugu park is located to the north of Taman Botani Perdana with Tugu Negara in the south-west, Padang Merbok in the south-east and Bank Negara’s Lanai Kijang to the east of the site. The site is contiguous with Taman Botani Perdana separated only by Jalan Parlimen and can be seen as an expansion of that green space.
The intent is for the Taman Tugu park to be an urban forest for various communities. It will complement the beautifully manicured Taman Botani Perdana by allowing people from all walks of life an opportunity to experience a green space which is more rustic and forest like.
Creating this green-lung entails conserving existing trees within the 66-acre site and enhancing it with additional ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees – including species that are currently endemic. This will provide visitors with a chance to experience and enjoy our green heritage whilst learning about different flora and fauna species from the Malaysian rainforests. The learning experience will be enhanced with a rainforest education centre which is part of the Khazanah ILMU facility located within the park.
The Taman Tugu park will provide running and walking trails through the forest and around a lake with Malaysian food and beverage outlets strategically located for easy access – this brings together some of the biggest elements of our pride and heritage – our forests and our food. For the younger generation, the park will include a wet and dry play area where parents can relax whilst overseeing their kids in a safe environment.
The park will be placed under the Amanah Warisan Negara (“AWAN”) Trust which has been set-up to own and manage this park as well as potentially other spaces in the future. AWAN is entrusted with ensuring the Taman Tugu park is protected into perpetuity as a public green space and maintaining it which includes security of the site and her visitors.
Current Lay of the Land
A major part of the site is currently a secondary forest consisting of wild bushes and palms, decaying fruit trees and some strong rainforest trees which will be preserved and maintained. Parts of the site however consist of structures which served as homes and government quarters from as far back as before independence. This includes home of the Dewan Rakyat’s first Speaker – Tan Sri Mohammad Noah bin Omar (late maternal grandfather of former Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak).
As a legacy from time when there were government quarters and bungalows, there is a Surau-Jumaat (Madrasah Bustanul Ulum) and Hindu Temples which exist until today. Whilst the government quarters have been demolished, the Surau-Jumaat and the Hindu Temples are still active; hence, will be reconstructed and enhanced within the park so that they can continue to serve the community.Tan Sri Mohammad Noah’s former home is currently used as the office for the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (”ISIS”) Malaysia. The building will be preserved and continue to serve as ISIS Malaysia’s office.
The site is also home to the clubhouse of the Persatuan Perkhidmatan Tadbir dan Diplomatik Malaysia (“PPTD”) – formerly Malayan Civil Service (“MCS”), which was established in 1904 for British officers and subsequently opened to local officers in 1921. The PPTD Clubhouse will be retained onsite given PPTD’s history in serving the nation.
Regeneration of the existing secondary forest
In partnership with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”), over 1,000 trees on site have been identified and tagged for preservation. Approximately 50 of these tagged trees are more than 1-meter in diameter and believed to be more than a 100 years old. Some wild bushes and trees which are rotting or decaying will be removed for public safety. Ornamental trees will be relocated to DBKL nurseries and subsequently redeployed to more suited sites – this ensure that the site is as much a reflection of a Malaysian rainforest as possible.
The regeneration strategy entails selection of fauna species that would encourage the creation of natural habitats native to the Malaysian rainforests thus increasing the biodiversity of the site. It is envisioned that these trees will attract birds, insects and selected wildlife in the park allowing it to potentially become a self-sustaining ecosystem for some of the flora and fauna.
Currently more than 4,000 ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees have been identified to be transplanted into the site – this includes trees that are 10-12 years old which will be sourced from nurseries across the country.
More than 1,000 trees on site have been identified for preservation
Over 4,000 ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees will be transplanted into the site
The site will be home to approximately 1,000 species of flora and fauna ethnic to Malaysia
Taman Tugu Project Masterplan
- Surau-Jumaat and Food Stalls
- Children’s Water Play Area
- Parking, Outdoor Event Space and Lakeside F&B
- Lake and Wetlands Area
- Lakeside Trail
- Indoor Event Space
- Stream / Dry-Creek
- ISIS-M Building
- Hindu Temple
- Park Maintenance Office
- Educational Plant Nursery and Lookout Tower
- PPTD Club House
- Dignitaries Planting Area
- Forest Trails
- Camping Site & Events Gazebo
- Khazanah ILMU