Kuala Lumpur, 15 April 2014 â€“ Approximately one thousand nature enthusiast and environmentalist showed up at the AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam to participate in AEONâ€™s tree planting ceremony. School children, local residents, members of Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai and the local fire and police department, university students from UITM, AEON business partners and todayâ€™s guest of honour, Y.B. Datoâ€™ Farizan Darus, Penangâ€™s State Secretary, were seen planting approximately 10,000 trees in the mall premises.
The tree planting ceremony was held to herald AEON Mall Bukit Mertajamâ€™s opening in June, AEONâ€™s 28th mall in Malaysia. More than 60 species of trees and shrubs, such as hopea odorata, tabebuia pallida, alstonia scholaris, and dyera costulata, were selected in order to maintain and preserve the ecosystem of the area.
â€śWith the worldâ€™s forest being destroyed by man and natural disasters, a harmonious coexistence between nature and human becomes a global challenge. We applaud AEON for organizing public initiatives such as this to create awareness and bring environmentalist together to help create a greener community,â€ť said Y.B. Datoâ€™ Farizan Darus at the ceremony.
Also present at the tree planting ceremony is Nur Qamarina Chew, Managing Director of AEON CO. (M) BHD. According to Qamarina, the tree-planting initiative, which was first introduced in 1991, has been AEONâ€™s commitment towards helping to revive nature to create a more natural and pleasant environment for the future generations.
â€śToday, we are proud to announce that AEON has planted over 450,000 trees throughout Malaysia and over 10 million trees worldwide. Some of our notable efforts include Paya Indah Wetlands whereby we planted approximately 25,000 trees there, a collaboration with World Wildlife Fund to plant 1,000 trees at AEONâ€™s Reforestation & Rehabilitation of Orang Utanâ€™s Habitat in Sabah, and a collaboration with Selangor State to preserve the Firefly Park in Kuala Selangor,â€ť she further added.
As part of AEONâ€™s 30th Anniversary celebration, AEON will continue pursuing various initiatives to express gratitude to the loyal customers especially AEON members and the local community. The tree-planting initiative is our way of saying thank you to the local community of Bukit Mertajam by creating a greener community.
â€śA simple act of planting a tree together will create an ever-lasting difference towards the environment,â€ť ended Qamarina.
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About AEON CO. (M) BHD
AEON CO. (M) BHD. is a leading General Merchandise Stores (GMS) cum supermarket chain in Malaysia, being the countryâ€™s leading retailer with 27 AEON outlets and 4 MaxValu supermarkets across the country. In the spirit of the name AEON, which means eternity in Latin, AEONâ€™s goal is to work together endlessly with its customers, suppliers, business partners, shareholders and the community towards creating a future of limitless promises. Incorporated in 1984 in response to the Malaysian Governmentâ€™s invitation to help modernize the countryâ€™s retailing industry, AEONâ€™s chain of stores across peninsular Malaysia strives to satisfy the ever changing needs and desires of consumers. Guided by its â€śCustomer Firstâ€ť philosophy, the companyâ€™s acute understanding of their target market needs, aided by optimal product-mix, AEON strives to surpass consumer expectations and enhance their experience every time they shop. Hence their tagline â€śAEON Enriching Your Lifestyleâ€ť.
AEON strongly supports environmental sustainability. It actively supports various causes, including recycling, energy conservation and tree planting, engaging and encouraging various parties, including staff, customers, NGOs, government agencies and the community at large.
2014 marks a significant milestone for AEON CO. (M) BHD. with 30 years of excellence to boast, by staying relevant and competitive in the dynamic market. In commemorating its 30th anniversary, the celebration will continue to enrich lives of Malaysians and growing the nation with passion, love and inspiration.
Zakimarhaini Bt. Mohd Said
PR Manager of AEON CO. (M) BHD.