One year later, iconic Ipoh tree replanted

BY SYLVIA LOOI


Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir leads the tree-planting ceremony in front of the Ipoh railway station, February 21, 2018. — Picture by Marcus Pheong

IPOH, Feb 21 — Almost a year after it tumbled over, the tree which the city was named after has been replanted.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir led the tree-planting ceremony in front of the Ipoh railway station this morning.

He was accompanied by state executive councillors Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and Datuk Rusnah Kassim with Ipoh City councillors.

The two-metre tree has been growing at the Ipoh City Council’s nursery in Buntong for the past three years before it was transplanted to the present site.

The council had procured the tree’s seed from the state Forestry Department.

The iconic tree, which had been a popular spot with tourists at the square in front of the 100-year-old Ipoh Railway Station, toppled during a storm last April.

The tree, which was uprooted during a storm, was planted 35 years ago.

Ipoh was named after the tree, scientifically known as antiaris toxicaria. Besides the one at the railway station, only one other such tree can be found in Ipoh — at Taman DR Seenivasagam.