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Efforts to turn Pulau Besar into a Jeju Island with tecoma flowers

The plain and non-descript landscape of Pulau Besar, 15 km from here, is set to morph into a colourful destination as the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) is planning a major tecoma tree planting project there.

MBMB mayor, Datuk Zainal Abu said the plan to beautify the landscape of Pulau Besar is a pragmatic move to develop the tourism sector and it would not be impossible to transform Pulau Besar to mirror Jeju Island in South Korea.

‘’We are aware the trees have their own attractions and as such the idea of planting them on Pulau Besar cropped up. We want to change the landscape of Pulau Besar which has remained the same.

‘’So, we will have a specific place or hot spot to visit during the flowering season of the tecoma trees and perpetuate the beauty of flowers in the environment similar to those in South Korea or Japan,’’ he said when contacted by Bernama.

Since several days ago, tecoma trees from the Bignoniaceae family, originating from the Americas started blooming, to produce sakura-like pink and white flowers simultaneously to beautify the city.

Scenes found in South Korea and Japan also appeared in several spots in Kedah and Kuala Lumpur, luring the local communities who are attracted to the beautiful flowers.

Zainal said MBMB plans to plant five to six tecoma trees in one spot in several selected areas on the island and all the planning including the aspect of cleanliness would be implemented by experts with the approval of the quarters concerned.

Other than Pulau Besar, several other places were also identified for planting of tecoma trees such as Bukit Serindit, Taman Bunga Merdeka, recreational areas and along main roads which are strategically located.

MBMB was also scrutinising several other tree species which could be planted as additional attractions to complement the beauty of tecoma trees, Zainal added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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