50-year-old celebrity says he is fit enough to reach the up­per deck

New Straits Times - - News - DAWN CHAN SHAH ALAM

LAST year, celebrity and ac­tor Datuk Rosyam Nor walked 47km from the Kumpu­lan Karangkraf Com­plex here, to the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia cam­pus in Gom­bak to pro­mote the #WorldQu­ranHour.

This time, the 50-year-old will be tak­ing the cam­paign, which en­cour­ages Mus­lims to read and ap­pre­ci­ate the Qu­ran for an hour, to greater heights by climb­ing the stairs of the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) on Aug 21.

Rosyam’s mis­sion to pro­mote #WorldQu­ranHour has a more sig­nif­i­cant mean­ing this year as he will bring along with him the Merdeka spirit to co­in­cide with the Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions on Aug 31.

“My jour­ney will be­gin from the Bukit Nanas For­est Re­serve where I will walk for 1km to­wards KL Tower. From the base to the up­per deck of KL Tower, I will be armed with the event’s flag, as well as the Jalur Gemi­lang.

“I will be climb­ing more than 2,200 steps, which I think will not be an im­pos­si­ble task for me.

“I’m cur­rently busy film­ing a movie and I may not have enough time to pre­pare. But I’m con­fi­dent that I’m fit enough to climb to the up­per deck. I’m ready.

“The big­gest mo­ti­va­tion for me would be to see the event’s flag, as well as the Jalur Gemi­lang, atop KL Tower.

“That would keep me go­ing and my spir­its up,” said Rosyam.

He said he had ini­tially wanted to re­peat last year’s walk, but was ad­vised against do­ing so due to traf­fic con­di­tions.

That was when the idea to climb up KL Tower came to Rosyam’s mind.

Aside from be­ing con­fi­dent of climb­ing the tower, Rosyam said one way to pre­pare, men­tally and phys­i­cally, for the task was to get enough rest and sleep the day be­fore.

Rosyam, who is also the icon for Rumah Ngaji, said this at the Karangkraf Com­plex here yes­ter­day.

Rosyam would be ac­com­pa­nied by Kumpu­lan Me­dia Karangkraf deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Syamil Fahim Mohd Fahim and 13 oth­ers dur­ing the climb.

Deputy min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Dr Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki is ex­pected to re­ceive the flags from Rosyam at the up­per deck.

Rosyam said the climb was to build a “mo­men­tum” to the #MerdekaQu­ranHour, which would take place on Aug 31 at Dataran Merdeka. “#MerdekaQu­ranHour, which starts at 8.30pm, takes a spe­cial mean­ing be­cause not only does it co­in­cide with the wuquf in Arafah, Mecca, there will also be a Hari Raya Aidi­ladha tak­bir,” he said.

Rosyam in­vited Mus­lims to join in the event, re­gard­less of their level of read­ing pro­fi­ciency or com­pre­hen­sion of the holy book.

“They should not be ashamed to join us.“We want to shape a so­ci­ety that loves the Qu­ran. There will be other events, such as re­li­gious talks. I also want to see non-Mus­lims be a part of the Merdeka cel­e­bra­tions for the spirit of muhib­bah (ca­ma­raderie),” he said.

Datuk Rosyam Nor

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