PUTRAJAYA,( April 20 ) — The China-Malaysia Friendship Park to be developed here is set to become a landmark project symbolising the strong relations between the two countries.
The Lingnan-style Chinese Garden is to occupy 0.24 hectares in the permanent 11.7-hectare site of the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival or Floria Putrajaya in Precinct 4.
A ground-breaking and tree-planting ceremony was carried out Sunday at the site by the Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Party Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, Hu Chunhua, and Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat.
Two saplings, of the Michelia alba or ‘Cempaka Putih’, were planted by the two leaders as a symbolic gesture of the diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia. Michelia alba is the official flower of the City of Dongguan in China’s Guangdong province.
At the ceremony, Aseh said the park, to be developed with a RM1.5-million funding from the China government through the Dongguan People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, was expected to be completed in early June.
“The park is being developed not just as part of the activities to mark the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations but as a tourist attraction to add to the international character in Putrajaya,” he said.
He said the park would be a major attraction for visitors to the Floria 2014 from June 14 to 22 which carried the theme ‘Mesmerising Colours’.
Aseh said this first friendship park in Putrajaya was being developed with the cooperation of the Malaysia-China Friendship Association which came up with the idea.
The association, a non-governmental organisation established in 1992, aims for foster greater understanding and friendship between the peoples of China and Malaysia.
It has carried out many programmes in the cultural, educational, youth and sports, tourism and economic fields to enhance bilateral relations.– BERNAMA