Over 1000 employees from Maybank Perak branches together with Ipoh City Council planted fifty trees at the riverbank of the Kinta River fronting D.R. Seenivasagam Park.
Once the tree planting was done the Maybank ‘Tigers’ walked along the Kinta riverfront towards Ipoh’s Heritage Walk to ‘hunt for treasure’
The event was part of the banking groups annual ‘Global CR Day’ which promotes employee volunteerism programs.
Ipoh Mayor Datuk Zamry Man officiated at the event accompanied by Maybank Regional Director Mazlina Muhammad and State Drainage and Irrigation Directror Hj Juhaimi Jusoj.
Mazlina said the event with the theme ‘Enabling Communities with Solutions’ was a Maybank Global CR (Corporate Responsibility) program.
Globally Maybank has 18,000 employees from their branches located at USA, UK, China and ASEAN including Malaysia.
For Maybank Perak the employees adopted the initiative to plant “Trees for the Future” and “Tigers on a Hunt”.
Mayor Zamry in thanking the group for sponsoring the trees said he hoped more corporate sponsors from the private sector would come forward to help towards livening and beautifying Ipoh and its surrounding such as at Kinta riverfront.
“There are 6 species of selected trees being planted at the riverfont area.
“Some of these trees include the Tecoma, Flame of the Forest, Merawan Siput Jantan (hopea odorata), Tembusu (fagraea fragrans) and Janda Merana (salix babylonica)
Zamry said the Council planned to plant approximately 600 trees along the 4Km riverfront stretch from Gunung Cheroh till Peoples Park.
He added that the Kinta riverfront played its part of being part of Ipoh’s Heritage Trail and stated that a heritage product along the river was the 1118 year old Datuk Panglima Kinta Mosque across the river from Peoples Park.
Datin Julie Song from Indulgence fine dining restaurant who was with the panel of VIPs at the event said the promotion to spruce up the Kinta River was timely and a positive direction to connect the river with Ipoh’s Heritage Trail.
After planting the trees the staff from Maybank with a map in hand and a list of questions ‘invaded’ Ipoh’s Heritage Trail in search of ‘treasure’