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MELAKA, April 9 -- The Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) is planning to create an arborist post to ensure the heritage trees in the city are well-protected and preserved.
Mayor Datuk Zainal Abu said a discussion would be held with the state Executive Council and local authorities to review the plan.
“We will conduct a detailed study regarding the matter as it can reduce the state government’s expenses whether by appointing an outside company or creating a permanent post in local authorities.
“When we speak about landscape, it is a long-term planning because local authorities will indeed be the ones to manage matters pertaining to trees in their respective areas,” he told reporters at Banda Hilir here, today.
Earlier, Zainal officiated the Batai Laut sapling replanting ceremony in front of the Stadthuys building at Jalan Tun Khalil Yaakob here, to replace the iconic 127-year-old tree that fell to the ground on March 17.
Zainal said the planting of the six-year-old sapling was carried out by enforcement officers and MBMB’s Landscape Department in collaboration with an arborist company, from 4 pm until 7 pm last Wednesday.
He said the replacement of the Batai Laut tree was done by choosing and moving the two-meter high sapling from an area at Jalan Tebing Tinggi in Bukit Katil, using a method suggested by the arborist.
“The tree will be taken care of by the appointed arborist company and health inspections will be carried out every six months,” he said.
The mayor added that preliminary studies showed that the iconic tree had fallen due to damaged roots that might be caused by the construction of barrier walls around it.
“The tree’s roots are not taproots but fibrous roots. Hence, the wall might have prevented the roots to grow healthier… however, we have yet to find the record on when the wall was constructed,” he said.