Many,many years ago(early 80's), I became so angry with the headmaster who cut down a big 'jembal' tree at the entrance of my primary school.And opposite the road is my house.The area under the tree was MY playground.The HM ordered the tree to be cut down to give way for a new concrete fence to erected and at that time I was working in JKR Alor Setar.When I came home during school holidays,the tree was gone!The tree took away the landmark of my childhood memories and I have not forgiven him yet until today.In retropective, I should have created a rumour that a big 'hantu raya'(ghost) is living on that tree.Then, nobody will dare to chop it down.
When I was the district engineer of JKR Pasir Mas,Kelantan in late 70's,one of my workers went out to cut a few trees around the Town Padang of Pasir Mas that got in the way of our road widening programme.The next day,I got a call from a senior officer of state government and he gave me a piece of his mind why JKR should NOT cut down the trees.He told me that he used to play under that those trees that were chopped down .My workers wanted to do the easy away like the HM of my primary school.With some efforts and a little ingenuity,some big old trees could have been saved.
What goes round comes around!
Similarly, we should also be careful with grand old man...
Below is a better picture of The Lake Garden: