One for the album: Roslan (sixth from left) and deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib (fifth from left) with the Green Figure Award nominees, judges and MBPJ councillors.
By TAN KARR WEI firstname.lastname@example.org
GETTING the support of residents of the Taman Dato Harun PKNS Flats in Petaling Jaya to take an interest in the community is not an easy task but its Rukun Tetangga chairman, Ismail Latib, 51, is not about to give up.
“It takes a lot to convince the people but it is something that I am going to continue doing,” said Ismail, who started a fruit and herb garden at the flats in Petaling Jaya Selatan.
“We now have mango and jackfruit trees in the garden and more people are starting to appreciate it.
“We have a few volunteers who tend to the garden and we hope to rope in more people,” said Ismail, who was one of the two individuals given special mention in the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) inaugural Green Figure Award.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said they had introduced the award to acknowledge individuals who had contributed towards a sustainable environment in the city.
“This is another initiative by the council to promote sustainable development and encourage residents to take a proactive role in environmental issues,” he said in his speech at the MBPJ headquarters on Saturday.
Nine individuals were nominated for the award.
The judges were Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) chairman Gurmit Singh, former Cetdem president Mohd Kamal, Justlife Group managing director Callie Tai, Sunway University College lecturer Professor Dr Phang Siew Nooi and Malaysian Nature Society Selangor branch chairman Gary Phong.
Roslan said only special mention was awarded this year because the panel of judges felt that the nominees had to have a wider scope in terms of environmental contribution.
Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) chairman Jeffrey Phang was the other green figure who received the special mention award.
Phang championed the gazettement of the Kota Damansara forest which became a reality early last year.