At 71, Perlis' Man of Steel set to swim while towing Jalur Gemilang-decorated perahu

Hafizudin Mohd Safar

KANGAR: Azizan Ali, 71, is no stranger to extraordinary feats when it comes to Merdeka Day celebration. The multidisciplinary sports lover, who was also called Perlis’ Man of Steel, is set to swim while towing a perahu (small boat) decorated with 61 Jalur Gemilang (the number signifies Malaysia’s anniversary) of various sizes in Penang next month. He spends two hours a day swimming in a river near Denai Larian Pengkalan Asam. Azizan said being ‘merdeka’ or having freedom is about living a healthy lifestyle and free from medical-related problems. “Depending on one’s age and physical abilities, I would share health tips by carrying out activities like swimming with Jalur Gemilang as proof of self-identity and showcase my patriotism as a Malaysian. “However, the message that I wish to relay is not the level of (physical) challenges that we have to undertake to show our love for the country, but more importantly, is for each one of us take care of our health as we love and (help) develop the country,” he said when met. Among his Merdeka achievements in the past decade were swimming across Putrajaya lake, swimming in the open sea from Langkawi to Kuala Perlis and cycling across the peninsula. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd