Bring orchid project to schools: Mayor

Lynch Cowan

KUCHING: Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) Mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai the orchid micropropagation project brought to schools and institutions of higher learning in the state.

Besides spurring an interest in science among the students, he hoped the project would teach the younger generation how to take care of the environment as well.

“I hope this project will be an example and inspiration to other parties,” he added at the launch of the ‘Juma’ani In-Vitro Laboratory’ at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) here yesterday.

DBKU, Abang Wahap said, was proud to be involved in the orchid micropropagation in school project.

– Juma’ani (left) and Kuching North City Hall mayor Datuk Abang Wahab Abang Julai launching the ‘Juma’ani In Vitro Laboratory’ at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Kuching. Photos: Ghazali Bujang

“This project creates a platform to promote awareness of orchid species in the state. I hope it will also mark the beginning of a technological transition in the community. This will be a new investment in orchid parks in the state,” he added.

Abdul Wahap pointed out that Sarawak’s wild orchids were unique and beautiful and had commercial value for future research purposes.

“Orchid industries in countries such as Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore are highly developed as they affect their tourism and floriculture industries. In many orchid deals, they are willing to invest in commercial micropropagation,” he added.

Juma’ani (centre) presents a certificate to a student from the United Kingdom Chloe Mc Giverson,17, as Abang Wahab (right) looks on.
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