Ceremony to launch Pokok Demokrasi square

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I gather there’s going to be some sort of “Majlis Perasmian Tugu dan Pokok Demokrasi” at the site of the fabled Democracy Tree in Medan Istana across the road from the rear entrance to the Perak state government building in Ipoh at 10.00am today. It will be exactly one year after the historic 8 March 2008 general election.

More trees are expected to be planted around the Pokok Demokrasi to symbolise justice, freedom, etc

Nizar and members of his administration are expected to be present.

Meanwhile, blog reader Anna Brella has sent in some quotes on trees:

“The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way.” – William Blake

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” –  John Muir

“He who plants a tree plants a hope.” – Lucy Larcom, “Plant a Tree”

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anna brella

I am happy you liked the quotes Anil and thank you. I would like to add that this Pokok Democrasi must be left FREE as it was before or you will defeat the objective if you get my gist. So build an open square around it by all means, or better still, a tree-seat encircling it but never build a wall or gate around it. This Tree is in truth the same as any other tree, as it was before it was serendipitously chosen for that historic assembly. So see this Tree in all trees. That way you will protect… Read more »

PISSED

Very soon Zambry and his regime will order the tree to be cut down. I bet you, you’ll see.

naz

A bunch of hypocrites…..the world most comedy from PR MPs….the world is laughing..

doovad

“One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade.”
– Chinese proverb

wandererAUS

My dear Muslim. thank Allah that Malaysia has a tropical climate and
trees are abundant and many things of goodness from trees are taken for granted.
China has learned a very bitter lesson, by carelessly removing a good percentage of the trees and now, experiencing sandstorms, landslides unprotected and other natural disasters.
Similiarly in Australia, removing trees and using its land for agricultural purposes have created so many salt lakes that they became a hazard to the environment.
So my friend, trees are the balance of nature, even the air you breathe in!

Dalbinder Singh

yeah anil, whats ur view on the march to the palace? indirectly Badawi has given his signal and decision. I am against it. At such point of economic time, how to move ahead if our students were to learn Science and Maths in Bahasa?

Francis Ngu

Hail the Folklore of Reformasi ! Malaysians may congratulate ourselves at a very dark hour, that the folklore of our democratic rights movement over the years has been resplendent in its courage, eloquent in its testimony and inspiring in its clarion call to citizens patriotic duty. The heritage list starts from the campus of University of Malaya in the early 1970s, Kamunting over the years, Sungei Buloh at the turn of the century, then the Bersih and Hindraf marches; you may add some more to the list. Over the blog-years there have been inumerable discourses, and even in the mainstream… Read more »

Dalbinder Singh

maybe in a way its a good move to build such a square to protect that tree from being chopped off someday ..save environment but hope we dont need to build such squares everywhere to save the environment.. haha… bt wait a minute.. umno may chop it off? wat will be the outcomes? will that poor tree be a victim? is such a square necessary? will the council demolish it for no permit and accidentally kill the tree? Left to be seen.. haha..

mamamia

good day Mr Anil- just curious…why not a word from you about the march to the palace yesterday? aren’t u with us in this struggle re:Science & Maths teaching in English ?

anna brella

Some thoughtful quotations about trees on the first anniversary of the rebirth of democracy in Malaysia: “The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson “Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928… Read more »

sword of justice

Good morning Anil, I had been thinking on the same line that the historic raintree with its powder puff like flowers be preserved so as to let our future generations remember that tree and what had transpired and why the Perak state assembly under YB Nizar chose to hold an emerency assembly session under its plumage. I wonder (just a wild thought!) if BN would chop it down just for the sake of spiting the Pakatan Rakyat! Pray God that they won’t do it as Almighty God had allowed it to grow gracefully and it is hoped that democracy in… Read more »

tstahu

Another Toutist attraction in Ipoh.

The old hometown looks the same ,the old town coffee taste the same , the only difference is that we have it under the Democracy tree.

bennyloh

More trees are expected to be planted around the Pokok Demokrasi to symbolise justice, freedom, etc
LET’S SEE, ANIL

qunimade

Yes, it’s a timely and move. Besides, awareness on environment protection can be inculcated in the minds of the people in Bolehland. To all those who are holding offices in the Bolehland, (including those who are righteous yet disturbed in the Police, Army, Judiciary, etc), think of your children’s future.You should never allow yourselves to be used and manipulated by evil power brokers in order to suit their selfish greeds and evil intentions. Do not let your family and your children bear the blunt curse from the people forever. Have your conscience and think carefully. It’s not worth supporting a… Read more »

Muslim

I feel this is not necessary because ADUNs need to focus to work for the people and not for the tree. A lot of things to do especially with current state of economy and social problems that we are facing. Waste of time and money.