KUALA LUMPUR : Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stated Malaysia might not be successful as a developed nation , whether it did not balance physical growth with the preservation of nature and maintaining the existing natural environment .
“We have seen the effects of irregular development that only emphasise on the profit factor alone.
“We need to realise that our efforts to become a developed nation will not be achieved or recognised, if what we can show is only skyscrapers but our rivers are polluted, only barren land is left out of our wilderness and the air we breathe is badly polluted,” he said at the Earth Day celebration in Taman Tugu, here on Saturday (April 20).
The Prime Minister stated conserving nature and the environment for today’s generation , as well as for future generations , was both a personal and collective responsibility , and that obligation should be carried out insistently , whatever the circumstances .
“The Taman Tugu garden is a manifestation of our commitment in ensuring that the physical development is in harmony with the preservation of the environment. It is understood that about 4,000 Malaysian native rain forest trees have been planted around this Taman Tugu.
“This is an addition to the existing original 1,000 trees here that have been well maintained, so the selection of Taman Tugu as the venue for the Earth Day celebration this year is quite meaningful and symbolic,” he said.
The Taman Tugu project was also aimed at producing more nature lovers through public education programmes conducted especially on weekends, he said.
“I was informed that since it was opened to the public in August 2018, Taman Tugu has attracted some 30,000 visitors from within and outside the country.
“Of course, if every visitor coming to Taman Tugu can bring back the same message to their family members and friends about the importance of preserving the environment and protecting green areas, I believe with the increase in the awareness level, it will eventually become something spontaneous and no longer necessary to hold any campaigns and reminders,” he added.