Malaysia has always believed development must not be at the cost of its natural heritage.
The government had ensured that the country’s green lungs in the capital city and other cities were never affected by development.
“We have ensured that parks and gardens are made available in all towns and residential areas.
“We have vigorously protected our forests and jungles and we have asked all Malaysians to embrace nature and to place importance on the aesthetic aspect of their homes, gardens and surrounding,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said when launching the “Malaysia International Landscape and Garden Festival” at Perdana Lake Garden here.
The National Parks Board of Singapore and the Royal Dutch Embassy in Malaysia are also participating.
Najib said that Malaysia had even declared March 3 as National Landscape Day and launched the “Plant a Tree” campaign for each Malaysian to plant at least one tree so that about 200 million trees could eventually be planted by the time the country attains developed nation status by 2020.
The Deputy Prime Minister urged the people to keep the country beautiful, protecting the nature and preserving the environment.
On the nine-day festival, he said it was a new area of tremendous potential for Malaysia’s small and medium-scale industries to explore.
Najib said Malaysia was in a unique position to become the leading producers of landscaping and gardening products and services.
He said that the festival in Malaysia has the potential to become a major international event similar to London’s Chelsea Flower Show and Holland’s Floriade.
Speaking at a news conference later, he urged housing developers to beautify their housing estates before selling their housing units.
This would inject aesthetic value to provide a sense of well-being to the residents in the housing estate, he added.