Media practitioners, fire personnel set to scale Mount Annapurna


KUANTAN: A total of 62 media practitioners together with Fire and Rescue Department personnel are set to carve a name in the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest expedition team to scale Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal from April 24 to May 5.

Pahang Media Club (KMP) president Datuk Nik Naizi Husin said this time around the expedition would be more challenging than a previous exploration as members would have to go through a more winding trek in cold weather conditions.

“This is usual in mountain trekking ... the important thing is, we as journalists are all in for this to bring honour to our country in the international arena,” he said.

He said this in his speech at a formal ceremony to hand over the Jalur Gemilang and Annapurna 2017 Challenge flag here today which were presented by Tengku Puan of Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah on behalf of the Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Meanwhile, Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin said the department had always maintained a good rapport and close cooperation with the media in keeping with its “committed to serve” slogan.

“This good relationship is further strengthened through informal activities such as mountain climbing which not only serve to keep us fit but also in taking heed of the government“s call to promote a healthy lifestyle.

“The idea of going on this expedition was mooted after organising several mountain trekking trips together beginning with Gunung Rajah in 2014 and Gunung Huang in 2015,” he said.

This joint expedition will be participated by 30 Fire and Rescue Department personnel, among them, Sarawak and Kedah directors , Kuala Kubu Fire Academy and Wakaf Tapai, Marang Fire Academy commanders. -- BERNAMA