Written by Syed Rusyaidi Bin Syed Jabarullah, on behalf of MPU3412/02 and MPU2412/02 Co-curriculum full-time students
On 21 October 2023, a mangrove tree planting event was held at Hutan Simpan Paya Bakau, Pantai Malindo at Balik Pulau. The event was organised by the WOU full-time Co-Curriculum course students together with the WOU Student Council and assisted by the MBPP landscape team. We were also joined by 20 students from SM Teknik Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra. It was a privilege to have our Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Lily Chan, with us. YB Dato’ Seri Sundarajoo A/L Somu (Penang State Executive Councillor for Housing and Environment) graced the event and gave a speech in which he highlighted the importance of mangrove trees in protecting the coastline and providing a habitat for marine life.
The weather was sunny and hot, but the participants were enthusiastic about planting the mangrove trees. The participants planted over 400 Pokok Bakau Minyak (Rhizophora apiculate) trees. This type of mangrove tree is well-suited to the coastal conditions of Balik Pulau. It is also a valuable source of food and shelter for many marine animals, especially crabs. The mangrove tree planting event was a success.
The participants enjoyed working together to plant the trees and learn more about the importance of mangroves to the environment. They also made new friends and memories. This event is a reminder of the importance of environmental stewardship. By planting mangrove trees, the participants are helping to protect the coastline and ensure a healthy marine ecosystem for future generations.
The MBPP landscape team played a vital role in the success of the event. They provided the participants with guidance and support, and helped to ensure that the trees were planted correctly. The team’s expertise and dedication were essential to the success of the event. The participants are grateful for their contributions. WOU is looking forward to organising a similar event on a bigger scale at the national level next year.