The 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign 2021-2025 which was launched last January received an encouraging response with 5,953,673 trees planted as of April 20.
Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia (JPSM) deputy director-general (policy and planning) Datuk Zahari Ibrahim said if the trend continues, it was not impossible for the set target to be realised sooner.
“JPSM will continue to enliven the campaign so that all segments of society understand the importance of planting trees and become a culture in our lives in line with the theme Greening Malaysia: Our Trees, Our Life,” he said at a Ramadan lecture programme in conjunction with the campaign at the department’s headquarters here, today.
Currently, Sarawak is leading the campaign with 3,216,341 trees planted, followed by Pahang (1,137,978) and Kelantan (692,758). The number of trees is expected to reach 25 million by the end of 2021.
Zahari hoped more quarters such as youth, non-governmental organisations, corporate bodies and government agencies would participate in the campaign.
He said Islam also encourages Muslims to plant trees and this was mentioned in the Quran and hadith.
The 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign is part of the Greening Malaysia Programme, one of the national agendas for addressing climate change and improving the quality of life of people.
It is being carried out to raise public awareness on the importance of conserving trees and forested areas.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency