After nearly a year since the iconic Ipoh Tree in front of the Ipoh Railway Station was uprooted during a storm, a new Ipoh tree was planted on Wednesday, February 21.
The tree-planting ceremony was led by Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir together with two state Excos, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon and Dato’ Rusnah Kassim and Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Zamri Man.
Zambry then took the chance to congratulate Ipoh City Council (MBI) for their efforts in keeping the city clean and more lively with trees and flowers scattered around the city.
“MBI has done an amazing job in maintaining the city. However, I hope the public will realize that they too are responsible to take care of the city,” said Zamry who expressed his disappointment when he found out about the state of a flat at Taman Pertama, Silibin that was recently cleaned-up by the staff of MBI
“It might be hard but I think it is time for the public to have a new habit. Take a look at how the Japanese have done it. Instead of dumping trash mercilessly on the road, the Japanese would instead keep the trash in their pockets and bags until they find a trash bin. This is something that I want Ipohites to do,” added Zamry.
The Ipoh Tree, Antiaris toxicaria, is also known for its poisonous latex that was previously used by the hunting communities in Southeast Asia. There are currently two trees in Ipoh, one which was recently planted and another is at Taman DR Seenivasagam.