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Malakoff Corporation Berhad, in collaboration with Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya, organised “Program Penanaman Pokok Malakoff-MPSJ” which took place at Taman Kejiranan Putra Bahagia 8/3K in Putra Heights on 6 October 2018. The programme, supported by Yayasan Hijau (YaHijau) and officiated by YBhg. Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar bin Yahaya, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), aimed to increase the amount of green space per capita from 11 square metres in 2010 to 14 square metres by 2020 under the Greener Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley Project.
The weather looked promising, as around 150 participants of all ages consisting of Malakoff staff and the residents of Taman Putra Bahagia 8/3K, Putra Heights, Selangor gathered to plant a tree for the cause in their bid to create awareness on environmental conservation to the future generation, in line with Malakoff’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to the environment.
Out of the 500 saplings sponsored by Malakoff, 150 were planted at the park from a variety of 16 trees such as Tamarindus indica (Tamarind), Annona muricata (Soursop), Laburnum x watereri (Golden Chain) and Maniltoa browneoides (Handkerchief tree), to name a few.
In his welcoming speech, Malakoff CEO, Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said that “Malakoff’s contribution and participation in environmental conservation and community initiatives is nothing new as we have been involved in campaigns for green living, recycling and healthy lifestyle within the community.”
“We hope that with this tree planting programme, a continuation of the Government’s ‘Campaign to Plant 26 Million Trees’ that aims to absorb 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, will create a starting point for the community to assist the Government in managing the effects from climate change that is currently affecting the world,” he added.
Yang Dipertua of MPSJ, Hajah Noraini Roslan stated that the tree planting programme is part of the initiatives by the Council to increase the carbon dioxide absorption rate, and subsequently reduce the greenhouse effects and global warming.
Dato Seri Dr. Mohd. Azhar commended Malakoff’s effort towards environmental conservation by sponsoring events such as this. “We hope that more corporations will follow what Malakoff is undertaking in supporting our campaign for a greener and more sustainable environment.”
Among the youngest participants of the day, Irfan Aiman Roziai, 10, came as early as 8 a.m. to the park to take part in the programme. “I am thrilled to be able to plant my own tree and play my part in making a greener Earth.”