Travelogue

Saving the century old rain trees @ Taiping Lake Gardens

Sometimes it is hard to understand what the authority was thinking. The local council planned to construct a RM3.6 million food kiosks and souvenir stores underneath the precious rain trees.

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You could see the blue fence with a construction signage on the left. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has expressed the concern that the construction might damage the root system of the iconic rain trees. After a huge public protest in August 2012, the local council finally decided to move the construction site to another part of the lake gardens.

Personally, I think people want a green park and not some tourist kiosks that often being abandoned (after spending millions).

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Thank you Christine to post at the trees, so you could picture how visitors and locals love to relax underneath the rain trees.

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I would prefer such a beautiful park should ban heavy vehicles running through the root system.

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I couldn’t imagine such a serene sight might be ‘contaminated’ by a concrete hawker kiosks underneath the trees.

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The rain trees have been over 120 years old, and they are one of its kind in Malaysia.

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The council should spend the 3 millions to pump water to the drying (or near death) ponds.

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I hope the trees are still standing on our next visit. Who knows what other ‘creative’ projects that the Municipal Council could come out with? I just saw a new (huge) McDonald at the entrance of the Lake Gardens, and lots of trash (of McD and KFC) underneath the trees, but no sight of rubbish bins.

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