By V.  Sivaji 

A remarkable feat was achieved in Penang when more than 1,260,633 million trees of various species were planted in a day in conjunction with Earth Day 2025 on April 22. 

The initiative was the brainchild of none other than Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak whose efforts were recognized by Malaysia Book of Records.

The commendable project received overwhelming support from the public and private sector. In all, more than 1.2 million trees from various varieties were planted.

Present at the presentation ceremony at Seri Mutiara was Penang Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Dato Dr Mohamad Abdul Hamid, Chief Executive Officer of Penang Governor Foundation, Dato Seri Rozali Mohamed, State Assembly Speaker Law Choo Kiang, State Exco for Housing and Environment, Datuk Seri S Sundararajoo Rajoo among others.

Meanwhile, representing the Malaysia Book of Records was their Chief Operations Officer,  Christopher Wong Hong Wai.

The timely initiative is even more important in view of global warming and unprecedented disasters all over the region and the world.

“We have managed to create history by planting over 1.2 million trees thus creating a new record in the country

“The project involved all layers of the community like students from schools and universities, civil servants, government employees, district officers, volunteers, NGOs among others. 

“I am pleased to witness the successful completion of planting of over1 million trees in Penang. I congratulate all who have worked hard to achieve this feat. I also congratulate our Governor for this remarkable feat which is also in line with our Cleaner, Greener Penang ambitions”, said Chow. 

Tun Ahmad Fuzi in his address thanked all parties concerned to make the program a success.

“Today is a big win for the people of Penang as we have achieved our milestone of planting more than 1.2 million trees.

“With good planning, strategy and teamwork from all parties concerned we have managed to achieve this feat.

“We have successfully planted fruit trees and many other varieties of trees in pocket parks, residential areas and other community parks. I am happy to note that this project has brought people to Penang irrespective of race or religion”, he added.

The breakdown of the trees distribution are Seberang Perai Utara numbering 427,083, Barat Daya with 330,537, Seberang Prai Selatan with 201,139 , Seberang Perai Tengah with 80,059 and Timur Laut district with 119,367 trees.