RAVI’S PRIDE IN JALUR GEMILANG
Losing his fingers did not stop him from achieving his dream
RAVICHANDRAN Tharumalingam, or best known as Ravi Everest, never fails to bring the Jalur Gemilang on his mountain climbing adventures.
Ravi successfully conquered Mount Everest 11 years ago. He is listed in Malaysia Book of Records for climbing the 8,843.43m mountain on May 15, 2006.
Ravi said it was an honour to bring the Jalur Gemilang on his journeys as it showed the pride he has for the country.
“There is a reason why I always bring my Malaysian flag on every climb. It gives me an extra boost to keep going, knowing that my country is supporting me.
“I realise that only small countries, like Malaysia, brought their flags to show the sense of honour they felt for their countries,” he told the New Straits Times at the launch of KidZania SportZ 2017 here yesterday.
The climber said the particular climb was a significant experience for him.
“Reaching the summit taught me the value of being humble and to appreciate life more as you leave fellow climbers behind and even remove your own frostbitten fingers.
“When I reached the peak, it gave me so much satisfaction and made me realise the true meaning of Malaysian pride,” he said.
Ravi lost all his fingers to frostbite on that particular climb.
“Despite the bad experience, there was never a moment that I wanted to give up. The pride and joy in representing the country was priceless.”
Ravi said he would continue with his passion and hoped this would show the younger generation the meaning of Malaysian pride.
Ravichandran Tharumalingam with the Jalur Gemilang on Mount Everest.