Going green: Hengyi launches reforestation drive

|    James Kon    |

HENGYI Industries Sdn Bhd yesterday pledged to plant trees covering 200 hectares kick starting its reforestation project where 500 saplings were planted at the Biodiversity Park, Berakas Forest Reserve.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw was the guest of honour.

Also taking part in the tree planting were Legislative Council (LegCo) members Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman and Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry.

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Chen Lian Cai in his opening remarks said the event plays an important role to Hengyi Industries.

“As we enter the operation phase this year, we would like to do our part in contributing to the environment by initiating a tree planting programme,” he said.

ABOVE & BELOW: Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong and Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Chen Lian Cai take part in the reforestation project

People plant saplings at the Biodiversity Park, Berakas Forest Reserve. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Chen said, “In light with the recent bush and forest fire it has come to our attention that it is even more important to carry out this corporate social responsibility activity.

“The tree planting programme also contributes towards reduced Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”

He added, “We at Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd have made an uncompromising pledge to plant saplings covering a total land area of 200 hectares. May the trees that we each plant today serve as a reminder of our commitment to a sustainable future and to inspire action to everyone to protect and preserve the environment.”

This was followed by Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo planting a local sapling called Calophyllum Inophyllum.

Five hundred saplings which included Casuarina Nobilis, Casuarina Equisitifolia, Hisbiscus Tiliaceus, Pouteria Obovata and Calophyllum Inophyllum were planted by personnel from Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, Rotary Club and Green Brunei.