It was a delightful scene for many visitor, young and old, at Kampung Dek Permai, Selangor, on 18 August 2003. Armed with 20 000 young trees, these Malaysian volunteers were united by a task which was to plant trees on six hectares of land. Kampung Dek Permai was chosen as its environment had been damaged as a result of indiscriminate logging. The aim of this activity was to protect the ecosystem and, at the same time, allow future generations to live in a healthy environment. As this activity involved teamwork, it became a symbol of friendship and helped to created awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The organisers hoped that what the volunteers were going to do would set example for other. The happy participants, made up of 900 residents of Kampung Dek Permai and 600 schollchildren and teachers, cheerfully rolled up their sleeves and worked together. Those who attendant included the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the headman of Kampung Dek Permai who spoke briefly at the opening ceremony. Before planting the trees, the participants were briefed by Ayub Musa from the Department of Agriculture, who had the crowd in stitches with his step-by-step guide to tree-planting. The talk was informative as Ayub related in detail how a tree is planted. If you want to plant a tree, according to ayub, you will need to gather all the things you require: a young tree in a plastic bag, a large water container, a trowel, garden scissors and some mulch, which is a mass of dead leaved and bark, spread around a plant for protection or to enrich the soil. Ayub mentioned that the next step is to handel the young tree with tender loving care so that it can grow healthily. “Always hold the plant at the bottom, and never hold it by the stem. You would never dream of carrying a baby that way! Feel free to stroke the plant gently as you handle it – it is a living thing that needs affection too!” he added jokingly. “Next, while holding the young tree in...
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