James Chan, mayor of Kuching City South revealed that Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is spending RM3.6 million per year to ensure the city stays beautiful in terms of landscaping.
The government has a vision for a green belt in the city but Chan believes people appreciate colours more than green foliage. With that in mind he encouraged his staff to plant both flowering plants and trees.
As a garden city, Kuching’s landscape should be vibrant and Chan made the Canna Lily Kuching City South’s official flower for planting beside major roads.
Chan also revealed that MBKS has fell over 500 mature trees along the green belt before replacing them with some 10,000 to 20,000 trees and shrubs. He added that some of the trees were cut down due to safety and development reasons, and that the private sector had also helped in making Kuching more beautiful.