Malaysian North Pole explorers return

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN


SEPANG: Members of the Malaysian Seven Continents Exploration Club (KE7B), who completed the 111-kilometre skiing expedition to the North Pole, are hoping that their success will become an inspiration to Malaysian youths to achieve their dreams.


Expedition head Muhammad Muqharabbin or Qobin Mokhtarrudin, 35, said the team hoped that more Malaysians will take up extreme sports such as the north pole in expedition.


"Extreme sports are becoming more and more popular among Malaysians. We hope more people will take part in tournaments both locally and internationally.


"I hope our success in completing the expedition to the North Pole will serve as a motivation and inspiration to all Malaysians," he said when met at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today.


Qobin, Shahrom Abdullah, 38, and Muhammad Irwan Yusoff Abdullah, 37, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today from Norway at 12.15pm.


They were welcomed by KE7B advisor Datuk Akmar Hisham Mohd Yusof and some 100 fellow club members at the arrival hall here.


The trio completed their mission at 5.06pm North Pole time (or 11.06 pm Malaysian time) last Thursday, five days ahead of schedule.


When asked if he had plans to submit their success to the Malaysian Book of Records, Qobin said having their success put on the record was not as important as completing the mission.


"Having our success recorded is secondary. For us the most important matter is having to complete what we have set out to do." he added.