Restoring Millennium Park

By JADE CHAN jade@thestar.com.my Photos by ART CHEN

Greening the park: Volunteers planting the plants and painting the wall.

DESPITE being a last-minute replacement for a friend, Kyle Khai Loong Rajalingam said he had every intention of participating in the Revogarden at Millennium Park event in SS13, Subang Jaya.

The event is a joint landscaping and clean-up project between the Asian Youth Ambassadors, Revo Movement, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh’s office.

Khai Loong, 11, from SJKC Puay Chai (1), said he took part because he was keen on doing his bit to clean up the environment.

“I’m helping the team tasked with replanting the plants, and I’m happy with my efforts today,” he said.

Edwina Tan, 18, said she was excited at the opportunity of doing something beneficial for society.

“Today, it’s about getting together as a group and cleaning up the park,” said the Taylor’s College student who came with her broom and dustpan.

More than 100 volunteers, including school and college students as well as adults took part in the project that also symbolised the group’s way of giving back to the community in conjunction with Merdeka Day.

They were divided into several teams for cutting grass, sweeping, collecting rubbish, repainting a wall and replanting the park with 190 plants donated by the MPSJ and Yeoh’s office.

“The Millennium Park is slowly being restored after being abandoned several years ago despite the millions spent to build it.

Patience: Teenagers weeding the grass at the park.

“A group of residents from Zone 1 JKP came together for World Environment Day in 2009 to plant some trees here, using funds channelled by the MPSJ,” she said.

Millennium Park is now used for exercise sessions on Wednesday night and Saturday morning.

Revo Movement national facilitator Andy Yeoh said the park would serve as a reminder of their efforts and of what they could do to make a difference.

Andy Yeoh said the Revo Movement was aimed at empowering and encouraging youths to learn to be contributors to society and inspire and motivate their peers.

“This will then become a part of their lifestyle,” he said when briefing the volunteers.

“We encourage students to start from school by keeping their compound clean or help feed students from poorer families.

“The movement started with 11 schools in Subang Jaya, and has now expanded to 248 throughout West and East Malaysia,” said Andy Yeoh.

He said Revo Movement’s next programme was on Sept 16 to beautify and upgrade their school toilets. Some 35 schools have signed up for the “Revolootion” programme.

“This project is initiated by the students and they have raised their own funds for the programme,” he said.

Also present were MPSJ councillors Dr Loi Kheng Min and R. Rajiv.

For updates of Revo Movement, visit www.urtherevolution.com.

Article from http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/8/31/central/9386073&sec=central

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