COACH TO KAYAK AROUND PE­NANG

Ex-sol­dier seeks to boost pa­tri­o­tism in Gen Y

New Straits Times - - News - MO­HAMED BASYIR GE­ORGE TOWN m.basyir@nst.com.my

AFORMER sol­dier is boost­ing the pa­tri­otic spirit by launch­ing a 80km kayak ex­pe­di­tion around Pe­nang is­land yes­ter­day.

Mu­rad Mohd Kas­sim is do­ing this in con­junc­tion with the up­com­ing 60th Merdeka cel­e­bra­tion.

He said he was de­ter­mined to cre­ate a pos­i­tive im­pact, es­pe­cially about hav­ing strong pa­tri­otic feel­ings for the coun­try, among the Gen-Y,

“I want to build up the spirit among the Gen-Y on the true meaning of pa­tri­o­tism and in­de­pen­dence.

“Let them think and ex­plore out­side the box and make the coun­try proud.

“What I want to share from my ex­pe­di­tion is that one must do one’s best to achieve one’s tar­get, re­gard­less of the dif­fi­culty in­volved.

“This ex­pe­di­tion might be tough with the un­cer­tain weather, in­clud­ing strong winds and rough seas, but I am de­ter­mined not to give up,” Mu­rad said, at the Batu Uban Ma­rine Depart­ment jetty here.

His ex­pe­di­tion was flagged off by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­istry (MCMC) north­ern re­gion as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Noor Azlina Nordin at 9.30am yes­ter­day from the jetty.

Mu­rad is ex­pected to com­plete the ex­pe­di­tion by kayak­ing through Tan­jung Tokong, Teluk Ba­hang, Ba­lik Pu­lau and Teluk Kum­bar, be­fore re­turn­ing to the jetty by 2pm to­mor­row.

He said he had cho­sen Pe­nang for its lo­ca­tion, where tall build­ings are close to the shores, and planned to have a relaxed jour­ney while tak­ing photographs.

The state Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment is mon­i­tor­ing his ex­pe­di­tion to en­sure his safety.

The jour­ney is not ex­pected to be dif­fi­cult for Mu­rad, who holds the record for kayak ex­pe­di­tions in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) for sail­ing nearly 2,200km around the penin­sula be­tween April 1 and May 22, in 2015.

He is a kayak coach at Univer­siti Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak.

Mu­rad has been in­volved in kayak­ing for the past six years.

“It is not easy to kayak. One must have strong men­tal strength to do so. To achieve that, I train up to three hours daily in Sun­gai Perak in Kuala Kangsar.

“I plan to kayak off the coasts of China and Aus­tralia.”

PIC BY MIKAIL ONG

Mu­rad Mohd Kas­sim be­gins his kayak ex­pe­di­tion around Pe­nang after being flagged off by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­istry north­ern re­gion as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Noor Azlina Nordin from the Batu Uban Ma­rine Depart­ment jetty in Pe­nang at 9.30am yes­ter­day.

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