MBPP dedicates latest upcycle project to patriots during National Month


THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) Urban Services Department stole the show once again with its newest upcycle project in Komtar, displaying a line-up of patriotic-looking sculptures, cannons and a tank.


Made out of discarded objects and materials, MBPP Urban Services Department deputy director Xavier Sebastian told Buletin Mutiara today that this time around, the initiative was done in conjunction with Malaysia’s Independence Day later this month.


“Although this is not the first time my team and I had organised such an initiative, it gives us a great sense of satisfaction and excitement to initiate new ones every single time.


“After witnessing our previous set ups in public parks and so on, the Penang State Secretariat office and Penang Development Corporation (PDC) had approached and encouraged us to do something that will resemble the National Month.


Xavier Sebastian


“One will notice sculptures looking ready to engage in a war, defending our country from potential danger. Also, there are cannons and a tank, items most frequently used in a war,” Xavier told Buletin Mutiara during an exclusive phone interview today.


Like any of MBPP’s previous upcycle projects, similar items used here included used tyres, old wheelbarrows and vases, as well as recycled mineral water bottles and its caps.


Xavier also extended his heartfelt appreciation to his staff, especially Nizuar Nordin, for showing great commitment and doing the right thing by making full use of recycled items.


It was learnt that Nizuar oversees these creations.


Canons and a tank all loaded


His wishes were also extended to the Penang State Secretariat office head of local government division Nur Aishah Md Norodin, whom he described played a significant role in the newest set up in Komtar.


“My special thanks to MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang and secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali for showing tremendous support too,” Xavier added.


MBPP had previously started this project at Jesselton pocket park in George Town, Taman Jajar in Sungai Ara and also Komtar (level 3).


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar