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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Jering Tree right smack in Bandar Tun Razak, KL

Imagine my delight seeing a 'Jering Tree' right in the middle of Bandar Tun Razak.

The tree also had some bunches of ripe 'Jering' hanging around waiting for some adventurous types to go pluck them.

I always feel great watching such trees growing well and the trees being healthy and allowed to be where they are, unmolested by itchy hands ready to chop down trees at a minute's notice.

I love trees. The more trees there are around me , the happier I get.

What I would love to see is to have more fruit trees planted in suburbs and parks.

All along the roadsides, we see non fruiting trees being planted by the city authorities.

I mean to ask? What's the point of planting such trees which are of the non fruiting type?

Wouldn't it be better if the DBKL could plant , let's say rambutan trees, durian trees, mangoes, guavas, etcetera in the public parks?
Remember the story of Johnny Appleseed in America? I don't know whether that story is about a real person or just a fable?

But I like the context of that story. A man walking along the roads of America and planting an apple seed every few meters as he traveled along. The seeds he planted were said to have grown into big apple trees that gave endless delight and ripe delicious apples to the masses.

I'd love to do something just like that. Maybe I'd go around planting rambutan seeds hoping that they might grow and bring many of my fellow citizens years from now, much pleasure and delight in eating delicious, red 'longkah' rambutans during fruit season.

Back to reality, I would like to express my thanks to DBKL for letting that Jering Tree grow in Bandar Tun Razak.

Thank you for not chopping down that tree unlike the ones along the road in front of the shophouses.

I know that the trees were sort of too tall and maybe endanger the pedestrians if their branches were to snap off and fall on them.

The thing I feel is that maybe they could have just be trimmed off and not chopped away altogether.

Those trees were sucking in all the harmful carbon monoxide in the atmosphere around there and giving us precious life giving oxygen that we all inhale without realising it.

Now, they are gone. chopped up and carted away to God knows where. Sigh.....


Umm_fi_Ard said...

There are tamarind trees growing along my street and I saw some people of Asian descent trying to get some from the branches. They should plant some in KL.

mahaguru58 said...

Well, I am seriously thinking of just going ahead with my plans to go plant the rambutan seeds along the roads which are around my place in Bandar Tun Razak, KL.

Let those seeds germinate and grow up to be big fruitful trees later on.

At least those trees will serve the future generations well after I am gone. Insya Allah.

As for the tamarind trees, I used to climb up the ones in my kampong when I was a kid and used to pluck the ripe ones.

I saw a trader in the morning market at Jalan Jujur the other day, selling ripe tamarind fruit in neat packages.

I think those were from Thailand for the Thais are known to be good growers of tropical fruits.

Tamarind is reputed to be good to reduce the body temperatures when consumed as juice.

Singers love them for they ease the throats well.

Curries won't taste great without the sweet and sour taste of tamarind.

So do many of our traditional dishes like Assam Laksa, Curry Mee, Asam Pedas, etc.

I pray that there will be someone in DBKL taking note of our wishes here.

mumuchi said...

Well there are developers in KL that has already done so and I am glad that I live in one such housing estate. Well at least in the earlier phases of Alam Damai near BTR the developer has planted various species of mango trees that has had many fruiting seasons already. If you are lucky you may have the chukanan specie planted in front of your home and that to me is the most delicious.

Nonetheless somehow these sort of goodwill by the developer may cause the Ugly Malaysian to surface. You may find people claiming such trees located in public areas as their personal property and woe betide you if you are caught plucking a fruit off that tree. On the other side of the coin, returning from a 3 day vacation may find the fruiting tree being picked clean. The worst sin to me however is for some houseowners to blithely cut down a public property tree for some reason or other. Such is the perils of having public fruit trees in this case.