Our Green Lung

22 September 2016

There’s going to be a great forest in the concrete jungle - and its fate lies in our hands.

As many of you are already know, the Taman Tugu Project - a 66- secondary forest reserve that encompasses areas of Tugu Negara and Istana Selangor is underway its creation process. This future green landmark of the capital will be activated with relevant programmes. Imagine walking under a tree canopy from KL Sentral to Taman Tasik Perdana, and having many activities along the way, for free. Imagine not ending up at the mall everytime you go out, imagine KL as a more pedestrian-friendly city, imagine the longevity of the rainforest park being in our hands.

The dialogue session held on 10th September held at Mercu UEM, Jalan Sentral 5, Brickfields, was joined by the media, heads of various societies regarding park curation and urban development, as well as vocal parents concerned about the development of the Taman Tugu Project. Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, Khazanah Managing Director alongside the Khazanah Leadership Team handled the feedback and propositions with sheer excitement and determination.

The regeneration of the area that currently hosts the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) will not be removed, but instead will co-exist with the new bio-diversified environment.  Khazanah Nasional will be spear-heading this Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership in collaboration with DBKL, along with the help of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and Malaysian Nature Scotty (MNS) in conserving approximately 1,000 existing trees and planting another 5,000 new ones, to blend in with the massive terrain. As these trees mature naturally becoming an ecosystem for local animals and birds, the public may also enjoy camping amenities, safe playgrounds for children, learning facilities that include offices, meeting spaces and an auditorium (under the Khazanah ILMU initiative), running and hiking trails, plus an iconic picturesque summit overviewing the city.

Not only being seen as the green lung of the Klang Valley, the Taman Tugu Project also aims to narrow the gap between the urban poor and the middle class via social collaborations, knowledge sharing and its many activities. Before its completion in 2018, and even beyond that, Khazanah Nasional is open to proposals on ideas of what the park should offer.

The public may take part in the Rakyah Touch Point Interactive Information and Feedback booths at Masjid Jamek LRT Station, Friday to Sunday, 23rd to 25th September, 9 am to 7 pm.

With great greenery comes great responsibilities, and as this will be handed over majorly to public (in other words, us) the real stakeholders of this rainforest park is none other than the children of Malaysia - the time for your involvement starts now.

Know more about the Taman Tugu Project here.

 

By Smek Almohdzar.

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