Most of us would chill at residence to rejoice Malaysia Day, which is completely effective, however for these patriotic Malaysians, they’ve one thing else in thoughts: to stroll from Johor to Perlis!
Meet R. Ragu, a 43-year-old father who has been doing this for the previous 5 years together with his 13-year-old son, R. Surya.
Based on NST, the coed of SMK St. Michael took on his first stroll in 2013 and solely managed to finish the primary 20km however this 12 months (2018), he’s in for the entire journey.
Between Johor and Perlis, the duo must cowl 1,400km of Malaysian soil and the daddy estimates the journey to be accomplished in 28 days. He went on saying that the stroll was really impressed by his daughter who had first executed the stroll to specific her love for the nation.
“If festivals corresponding to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali and Christmas may be celebrated for a month, why can’t it’s the identical for Malaysia Day?” the daddy mentioned throughout an interview.
It was understood that the duo had began their journey earlier than Merdeka Day and by 27 August, they arrived in Seremban and have been welcomed by the locals.
When requested about essentially the most unforgettable expertise alongside the way in which, Ragu mentioned the expedition was fairly uneventful till they crossed the border of Perak. They needed to put up with impolite drivers who hurled garbage at them and referred to as them “silly and loopy”. Nonetheless, their religion in humanity was restored when some locals invited them over for meals and to wedding ceremony ceremonies.
If he needed to choose one greatest reminiscence from the lot, he mentioned it’d be once they reached the Esplanade in Penang on Monday night time (10th Sept). They have been accompanied by cyclists from the Penang Mountain Bike Affiliation (PMA) whereas buskers performed ‘Negaraku’.
“It was an enormous morale increase. Just some days in the past, my son was being yelled at by the drivers and he was (mentally) damaged. I needed to hold comforting him alongside the journey, however final night time (on the Esplanade), he couldn’t sleep even till 1am, telling me how Penang was the most effective whereas crying tears of pleasure,” Ragu mentioned.
The duo are anticipated to achieve Perlis by Malaysia Day and Ragu welcomes anybody, particularly children who’re match, to hitch him for the subsequent stroll.
That is definitely a unique manner of displaying our love for Malaysia. We want all of them the most effective and hopefully, they’ll encourage extra children to tackle the stroll. Keep protected guys!
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