ALOR SETAR, Oct 23 – Unpredictable weather and strong winds were among the most difficult challenges plaguing participants of the of Kayuhan 1Malaysia 1Media cycling expedition, since it started on Saturday. This was especially so at several areas from Seberang Perai, Penang to Alor Star where the cyclists were forced to expend a lot of energy to go against the strong winds and heavy rain.
Their physical and mental strengths were also tested when they had to pass hilly terrain, and the need to complete 100km a day. BernamaTV journalist, Nazahiyah Mohd Hadzir, who also took part in the programme, said the route in Tanjung Jaga with steep slopes for four kilometres almost made some of the participants give up.
Utusan Malaysia photographer, Mohd Riduan Rizal Ahmad, on his part, said the rain and strong cross-winds during the journey from Seberang Perai made him over-exert and this had affected his health somewhat. Nevertheless, another Utusan Malaysia journalist, Mohd Azraie Md Yusof, said their fatigue disappeared when all the participants saw the padi field landscape which is synonymous with Kedah.
Until the fifth day yesterday, the participants had cycled 534km. Today, they will begin the ride to Perlis, the northernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia and spend the night there, before continuing the journey to Baling, Kedah tomorrow. The 2,400km trip, starting from the Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, is participated by 12 media practitioneers including two representatives from the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and one from Bernama TV.
It is organised in conjunction with the 2014 Visit Malaysia Year and the launching of the new masthead of Utusan Malaysia, Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan Online & Tutor which also bear the messages ‘Save Gaza’ and justice for MH370 and MH17. The programme, which is organised by the Utusan Melayu Recreation Club, with the cooperation of the 1Media Recreation and Welfare Club, was flagged off by Utusan Melayu Executive Chairman Tan Sri Hashim Makaruddin.