Woman biker gets warm wel­come af­ter global feat


IPOH: Anita Yu­sof, the first solo Mus­lim woman biker to ride a her mo­tor­cy­cle around the globe for a year, re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion from her col­leagues and stu­dents of In­sti­tut Pen­didikan Guru (IPG) Ipoh cam­pus in Ulu Kinta yes­ter­day morn­ing.

IPG Ipoh cam­pus di­rec­tor Ka­marulizham Haz­izi, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry IPG deputy di­rec­tor Dr No­riati Rashid and Ulu Kinta as­sem­bly­man Datuk Amin­ud­din Mohd Hanapiah were also present to give her a rous­ing wel­come.

For her feat, the 49-year-old lec­turer, who ar­rived in her Yamaha FZ150, re­ceived gifts, sou­venirs and a plaque from the in­sti­tute.

Anita, ex­hil­a­rated by her achieve­ment, told re­porters that she in­tends to write a book on her trav­els as there were so many un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences, in­ci­dents and events to be shared with oth­ers.

“My solo feat will def­i­nitely mo­ti­vate oth­ers, es­pe­cially women. I have been in­vited to give talks where I will share my ex­pe­ri­ences,” she said.

She added that her next ad­ven­ture is to the Hi­malayas.

Anita, who has two sons, said she is proud to be the first Mus­lim woman to travel solo around the globe on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

“There is al­ways a neg­a­tive per­cep­tion, es­pe­cially when it comes to women trav­el­ling alone.

“There were in­stances when peo­ple could not be­lieve that I, as a Mus­lim woman, was trav­el­ling alone.”

Anita said she had to ex­plain that not all Mus­lim coun­tries dis­crim­i­nate against women.

With her hard-earned sav­ings of RM120,000 in hand, she had to be care­ful with her ex­penses.

“By God’s grace, I re­ceived some cash and ac­com­mo­da­tion in some of the coun­tries I trav­elled,” said Anita, whose bike was spon­sored by Hong Leong Yamaha while GIVI Asia Sdn Bhd, a man­u­fac­turer of mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ces­sories, spon­sored jack­ets, a hel­met and other ne­ces­si­ties.

She started her 65,369km jour­ney on Sept 13, 2015, and re­turned on Sept 16 this year, mak­ing it a mem­o­rable Malaysia Day.

Her feat also gained a place in the Malaysia Book of Records for the First Solo Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride Around The World.

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