Paved Paradise

So I went to the hospital this morning. As usual, Malaysian public hospitals, being part of the universal healthcare system, is jam packed with cars looking for a parking spot.

The promised multi storey parking has not yet materialised nor heard of since God knows when. At least the crowd will probably thin a little once the second Petrajaya Hospital is finished, in oh 10 years time.

Opposite the Sarawak General Hospital is a private carpark opened up by some enterprising fella’, who charges RM5.30 for a full day parking. It was only 8.30 AM and the place is almost full. The usual compound of the undulating bitumen slathered surface has been rearranged due to some recent property development to the back. As I drove to this new section, I saw a lone tree, magnificent in the morning light, spreading its arms as wide as it could, drinking in the crisp sunlight.

The base of the tree is more haphazardly parked vehicles, the roots drowned underneath the thick tarred surface. I imagined how long has this tree been here? It looks like it might be older than I am. Yet now it stood alone, surrounded by little metal boxes and the heat rising from the sun.

And for just that one moment, I felt sad. 

Minutes passed by and I realized I was late for my hospital appointment. I left, the tree forgotten.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
And put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem ’em


3 thoughts on “Paved Paradise

  1. You know in our little red dot, any tree that has to be cut has to be approved! Not just being bureaucratic, but to preserve the green. And there are places where trees are moved to new homes!

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