OVER 50 blind Sarawakians intend to climb Mount Kinabalu next year to commemorate Malaysia’s Golden Jubilee.
What an amazing feat that will be and what a wonderful way to celebrate five decades of nationhood.
The members of the Society of the Blind Malaysia (SBM) Sarawak branch are hoping to repeat the 1998 achievement of the society at national level.
“SBM Sarawak could well be the first group in the state to announce that they will try to achieve a major feat to commemorate Sarawak’s independence,” Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi is quoted as saying.
The good doctor is probably right.
Members of the society should be extremely proud to have already planned such a great event to mark this momentous occasion for our nation.
In case you think climbing South East Asia’s tallest mountain is easy, well let me stress here that many of us, even those with perfect vision, have failed to conquer this peak!
It is a rather physically demanding climb that alternates between steep stairs and regular sections of uneven inclined track.
This coupled with the high altitude can really lead to fatigue very quickly.
I have no doubts though that with the right preparation and lots of support from fellow Sarawakians, our climbers will make it to the top and make the State proud.
Let’s wish them all the best Sarawak and help to ensure that they fulfil their plans.
A report from The Borneo Post:
The blind want to conquer Mount Kinabalu
By Jeremy Veno
KUCHING: Some members of the Society of the Blind Malaysia (SBM) Sarawak want to conquer Mount Kinabalu to commemorate the state’s 50th anniversary of independence within Malaysia next year.
Efforts are now underway to rope in more than 50 climbers for this courageous and inspiring bid to re-enact the feat achieved by their parent body (SBM) in 1998.
“SBM Sarawak could well be the first group in the state to announce that they will try to achieve a major feat to commemorate Sarawak’s independence,” said Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi at the closing of the Sports Development and Management Seminar for the Blind here yesterday.
He said he was still considering whether to be the patron for the expedition, which is expected to be flagged off in August.
To scale Mount Kinabalu, Dr Rahman said all climbers need to start building up their stamina and footing. They could do this by training in places such as Mount Santubong.
On another matter, he commended underprivileged (OKU) athletes in the state for being champions in the national Paralympic Games stretching from 1994 until 2011.
“This year, the state contingent hopes to become champion again,” said Dr Rahman, adding that mental toughness was the key to success in such a competition.
As SBM Sarawak are major contributors to the state’s medal tally, Dr Rahman hoped that the Society, Sarawak State Sport Council (MSNS), and the National Sport Institute (ISN) could play their part effectively to help the state achieve yet another major milestone in the Games.
“I hope that ISN have a special programme or regime specially designed for OKU athletes,” added Dr Rahman, who later handed RM5,000 to SBM Sarawak.