Learning tree-planting from Singapore?

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A delegation from Putrajaya is planning a two-day study trip to Singapore next month to learn more about tree-planting.

Huh? Read this Malaysian Insider report.

A blog reader visited Singapore earlier this month and snapped a few pictures.

Surprisingly, I noticed that trees and plants at public places, by the roadside, at HDB condos etc are in better shape than those at private premises/condos. Can’t even find old sick trees or a branch of brown foliage, serious no exaggeration!

Isn’t it a shame that we have to learn tree-planting from Singapore when we have some of the world’s oldest rainforests (what’s left of it) in Malaysia? Isn’t it incredible that they can find so much space in such a tiny city-state for so much greenery?

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Jong
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Jong

Yen Yen is not a specialist but an opportunist like her predecessor enjoy tax-payers $$$$ globe-trotting away!

Look at what happened to the leaning arches of Penang Botanical Garden, the amount of money wasted?!!! How much did they cost tax-payers, Anil? Care to refresh our memory, please?

Those involved in the fiasco should be made responsible for footing the bills, why should the Rakyat be made to pay for their mistakes or line their pockets?!

tunglang
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tunglang

But then, see what has been left after the fall of the arches? Nothing’s done but the site is now a wasteland gathering mosquitoes. This front of Penang Botanic Gardens should have been completed months ago but why the go slow?

Another tactics of making Penang tourism sites unbearable to tourists?
What an irresponsible, ill-boded sabotage using public fund. This is what I called SLIMY COWARDs in official suites.

Halim
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Halim

BN is focusing on the ‘botanic’ garden in Malacca.

Jong
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Jong

Temasik Kid,

Thank you, and yes I did! I heard food was great there but I was unaware of the famous ‘pow’ until I got back! Never mind, there’s always another time. 😀

Ayumi
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Ayumi
I like the Chinese food in Singapore (Die die also must try!) – authentic is the flavour word. You can enjoy it on the same table with muslims at Singapore hawker centre without any fuss from them. That’s Truly Asia to me!!! Very sad to see the growing trend of many Chinese food on sale at coffee shop/hawker centres in Malaysia are now cooked by the Indonesian maids. it sure taste different. I bet Yen Yen choose to ignore it. Go to Petaling Street and you see the ‘Choo Char’ are even done by Bangla!!! That’s the price of halalised… Read more »
tunglang
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tunglang

Singapore will wrestle the Truly Asia fame from us in due time! And Singapore will be the proud multiracial Asian hub for global tourism, business, arts, cultures and of course capital investment.
We have it, but we care not to nurture it! We prefer to be dunggus.

Ayumi
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Ayumi

Tell that to Specialist Yen Yen!

Jong
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Jong

Kingkong, you are correct it’s Tiong Bharu, an old housing estate. I was also impressed by those white buildings – Spore’s pre-war heritage apartments, so well kept and so clean all around!

Are there any around in Malaysia that we can proudly match theirs of same era and keep to same state of cleanliness? I don’t think so, ours will be so dilapidated due to neglect!

Temasik Kid
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Temasik Kid

Jong

Next time when you go to Tiong Bahru, you must go to the hawker/food centre of the Tiong Bahru market.

The food are fabulous. The famous Tiong Bahru ‘pow’ is a must try – authentic chinese and not the halalised one. Good Tim Sum at hawker centre price!

Jong
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Jong
It’s not about planting trees/shrubs alone. Give PutraJaya the best trees, the most expensive trees but if there’s no follow-thru with proper care, pruning and maintenance to keep them healthy, this is what we see all over the country – unsightly. No tree is perfect. It’s the love, care and commitment of the Parks and Gardens workforce that is important to ensure a healthy future for the plants. You can’t have workers coming to work 4 days a week and conveniently disappear the other 2 days! Btw I was given to understand the man in-charge of Singapore’s Parks and Gardens… Read more »
Saleem
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Saleem

It is a ‘deliberate’ act of ‘not following-thru’ so that those cronies can continue to reap money in the name of ‘maintenance’ and ‘re-potting’ of those useless plants that are charged at exhorbitant price.

Teong
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Teong

What so difficult in planting tree, no big deal, everybody knows how to plant a tree. Wasting tax payer money! Singapore buy trees from us and now we have to go to Singapore for them to teach us how to plant tree. Absurd!!

Ayumi
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Ayumi

In the near future we have to learn from Singapore how to treat water for consumption.

tunglang
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tunglang
Ganesh – Or better still, can’t they learn from FELDA, RISDA, Forest Institute, Jabatan Perhutanan etc etc back home how to plant trees? What a laughing stock this time, Malaysia with massive million years old rainforest going to learn from somebody with only backyard forest or show gardens. The Singaporeans must be taking this as a garden joke too early before April 2011! What are those Malaysian experts – horticulturalists, gardeners and landscape designers, garden designers for? Aren’t they qualified to do a decent job? Haven’t they learn enough and seen enough of trees, birds and bees in our massive… Read more »
pokok pokok
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pokok pokok

It’s the attitude of those in Government-simply poor attitude, no commitment ‘cos have NEP to nourish sterile mind-sets, and Mahathir and UMNO continue to encourage dependency. I have brilliant Malay frens, and they survive on their own without patronage. Yes, learn good things from other countries, like tree-planting and water-conservation, both of which Singapore is world-renowned for, which even the true Arabs from the Middle-East are learning from. Don’t be shy to really LEARN and not just take holidays Toyo-style!

Ayumi
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Ayumi

If MACC can “approve” (i.e. close both eyes) ‘lawatan sambil belajar’ Toyol-style at Disneyland, I bet it is OK for them to get their gambling skills certified at Marina Bay Sands Casino or Resort World Sentosa Casino, with joyride at Universal Studio as a side attraction. Afterall, it can be justified that Singapore dollar is still lower than US dollar => cost savings!

limko1
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limko1

I remember reading an article about tree planting in Garden city (Singapore) in Reader’s Digest in the seventies, it is almost 40 years ago.

Our government officers only know about it realize they have to learn now?

Mukris
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Mukris

Can’t blame the government as they have converted Universiti Pertanian to another universiti. So they have lost the knowledge of growing and pruning a tree.

Malaysia can invite Singapore to come over to learn how to build a Proton car.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Mukris, you mean learn how rename a car?

Andrew I
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Andrew I

But come to think of it, Singapore might not be interested because you know, some people, after they buy the renamed car, then rename it back to the original.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Same mentality like the people who come to red traffic lights to go straight but green to turn left. Pusing kiri, pusing balik dan pusing kiri sekali lagi.

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

BN government under 1Malaysia PM Najib is fast improving.

Just admit it lah, my friend.

Mike
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Mike

You also not going to Singapore Gerakan K? You can learn a lot in Bugis Street about tree planting.

joe tan
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joe tan

Malaysia too has the talent and capability but the problem is attitude.
Juz like its easy to buy a car but to maintain it is a challenge.
Similarly, planting trees is no problem but to maintain and ensure the tree is healthy is the real challenge.

Ayumi
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Ayumi

The true ‘talent and capability’ in Malaysia are now operating overseas.

What’s left behind are the celup ones, low quality with tidak apa mentality.

Think of having low grade non-original car parts for your car. You know the difference.

wandererAUS
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wandererAUS

What do you expect from this dubious … Agriculture minister”?
What does he know about trees…perhaps, “MONEY TREES”
We can easily established Malaysia poor soil will not automatically, produces healthy trees!… if not treated well with rich fertile soil mix and regular fertilizing. Talking of fertilizer, they (could) have disappeared into some UMNO goons’ warehouses!

najib manaukau
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najib manaukau

Those going to Singapore just wanted a free trip – and also a visit to the casinos without any restriction like they do in Genting(?)…

Mukris
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Mukris

They (could) have learnt the tricks at the ‘mock casino’ of PDRM, now (they might) apply their skills to make a killing at the 2 casionos in Singapore!!!

Ganesh
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Ganesh
Btw, the delegation going, how much is it going to cost the taxpayer this time? What hotels are they staying in? Are they staying on a twin sharing basis? What type of rooms are they staying in Singapore? Suite? Can’t they stay in JB hotels and commute up and down to keep cost lower? Or better still, can’t they learn from FELDA, RISDA, Forest Institute, Jabatan Perhutanan etc etc back home how to plant trees? Or even better, go and ask the Orang Senoi and natives how to plant trees. They are very learned people when trees are concerned. The… Read more »
kingkong
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kingkong

Whether those blokes go for study tour or casinos, hope they realise that Singapore has gone for hyper jump unless they still want Penang to stay still and behind. Mind you, they will be drinking their own water – recycle water from Newwater. Soon, Gerakan/UMNO will send their blokes to study how Singapore make their own water so that Malaysians can copy Singapore making drinking water.

That photo is old housing estate in Tiong Bharu.

LBJ
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LBJ

This is just an excuse to use public fund – to visit the new casinos in Singapore(?). There is no reason to go to Singapore to learn how to plant trees.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Well, acquiring knowledge is not a bad thing per se, like all the tuition the kids of today need.

It’s just how much all this is going to cost.

Saleem
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Saleem

I am very ashamed that Malaysia has to learn tree planting from Singapore.

malu, malu, malu!!!