GERIK, Oct 26 – Participants of the 1Media 1Malaysia cycling expedition covering 2,400 kilometres around Peninsular Malaysia, have so far visited three museums in the northern part of the peninsula. These include Galeri Banding Memori Lebuh Raya Timur Barat, located near Tasik Banding, Perak, a ‘Pillbox’ stronghold for observers used to combat communist threats around the vicinity in the 70s.
It also helped monitor the communists who were trying to derail the East West Highway project, which connects Gerik in Perak, to Jeli in Kelantan. The gallery which was restored by the Emkay Group with the help of the Army Museum was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in May. The gallery is now overseen by the Belum Rainforest Resort, one of the hotels where the cycling expedition will stay, under the management of the Emkay Group.
The cycling expedition consisting of 12 members of the media, including two journalists from the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and one from Bernama TV arrived at their accommodation after seven days of cycling 800 km yesterday. Earlier, they also visited the Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum located in Merbok, Kedah, which required them to cycle 2 km up a steep hill.
While in Perlis, the expedition also took the opportunity to visit the Muzium Kota Kayang, Kuala Perlis, with the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail. The cyclothon which is organised in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and the launch of Utusan Malaysia, Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan Online & Tutor’s new look, also carries the messages ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Justice for MH370 and MH17’.
The programme is organised by the Utusan Melayu Recreational Club together with the 1Media Welfare and Recreational club and sponsors of the event include Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, High5, Kelab Putra 1Malaysia, Nikon and Proton. The cycling expedition is scheduled to end in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 10.