Putrajaya set to be garden city of world fame
PUTRAJAYA: The tropical botanical garden here is to be enhanced in line with the efforts to eternalise Putrajaya as a garden city, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Saturday.
The garden would be developed into a tourist attraction of domestic and international fame, he told reporters after launching the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival 2010, here.
He said the 90ha garden would be beautified even more and on par with gardens overseas which have become a major tourist draw.
“I was informed by Putrajaya Corporation chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman that more plants would be added to the garden and those which do not grow well would be replaced with more beautiful ones,” he said.
Najib said the overwhelming response for the festival showed that the people appreciated the lushness of flora and the uniqueness of fauna in the country and, as such, these should be nurtured for greater appreciation at the international level.
“Many private companies in the floral and garden business are participating in the festival because it receives growing response from our people.
“This is an encouraging sign, not only for the exhibitors but also for Malaysians who are beginning to appreciate flora and fauna more for the satisfaction they provide in many ways,” he said.
This third annual festival, dubbed Floria 2010 and carrying the theme “Tropical Splendour,” is 50% bigger than the two previous ones, and is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors over the coming nine days.
It is being held at the waterfront of Precinct 2 and is open from 9am to 10pm from Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to midnight from Friday to Sunday.
Earlier, in his speech, Najib said all government agencies associated with flora and fauna should enhance their respective landscaping departments to inject greater beauty into the landscape of the country.
“If you do not have enough experts, find the experts who can help with the efforts to maintain the thousands of plants cultivated throughout the country,” he said.
He said a floral festival was well received internationally and, as such, it must be made an annual event in the international tourism calendar.
“Developing parks is an important aspect of attracting tourists. It is for this reason that I support efforts to beautify the country, especially by planting trees along roads,” he said.
Besides offering greenery, the trees provide a calm atmosphere which is soothing for road users, he added.
“They can form a sort of canopy to provide shade for road users, particularly pedestrians and cyclists, who will appreciate the protection from the piercing rays of the sun while motorists will enjoy the calm and comfort,” he said. -- Bernama