Three M'sian explorers take on the North Pole in KE7B expedition

AZURA ABAS and FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR


PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launched the 2017 North Pole Seven Continents Exploration Club (KE7B) Expedition.

Three explorers, Muhammad Muqharabbin Moktharrudin, Mohd Irwan Yusoff Abdullah and Shahrom Abdullah, will head to the North Pole on April 13 for their expedition.

Najib said young Malaysians should be inspired by the trio’s fighting spirit and inner strength to overcome any challenges.

“Malaysians should do something that is difficult to achieve. If you only do easy things, then it is not a challenge.

“To be part of the North Pole expedition may sound easy, but actually it is not. One must have extraordinary strength to complete the mission.

“Malaysians must set high goals for themselves and hold fast to the ‘no retreat, no surrender’ slogan,” he said.

The trio will be leaving for Oslo, Norway on April 4 and will be based at Longyearbyen, Svalbard Island for a week to undergo a process of adjustment and final preparation.

The expedition will be joined by support teams at Longyearbyen, led by KE7B adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mohd Yusof, to help the trio prepare.

Muqharabbin, who is also KE7B president, has climbed the Everest in 2004 and is the first Malaysian to reach the seven highest peaks in seven continents in 2010.

Irwan is an extreme sports athlete and had completed the Greenland expedition in 2014.

National duathlon and triathlon athlete Shahrom had completed the South Pole expedition in 2015.

In preparation for the expedition, KE7B has sent the three explorers to undergo several physical training series.

The expedition is supported by Road Transport Department and Skuad Muda 1JPJ.