Wan Hashim receiving a hug from his wife Faridah Daud.
RANTAU PANJANG: A senior citizen who cycled 2,250km around Peninsular Malaysia since Jan 26 has proven that age is no hindrance to carrying out an 'impossible' mission.
Wan Hashim Wan Mahmood, 68, who has 18 grandchildren, completed his tour at Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas via Sungai Golok when he arrived at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex on Saturday at 8.15am.
His arrival was received with tears of joy by his mother Hasmah Hamad, 82, wife Faridah Daud, 62, his six children and grandchildren.
In a mark of respect for Wan Hashim, about 50 cyclists including his children and grandchildren and members of the Kelantan Cycling Association acompanied him for 50km to his house in Jalan Telipot, Kota Baru.
When met by Bernama, Wan Hashim was grateful at having succeeded in ending his solo ride when many were sceptical of his capability.
"My family also helped a lot and they are the pillar of my strength," said Wan Hashim, who also thanked several government agencies, which extended aid such as the Prisons Department.
Wan Hashim, in his mission, had traversed Kelantan, Terengganu, Johor, Singapore, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
During his tour, he also met former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Feb 10 in Putrajaya and the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail in Perlis yesterday.
Meanwhile, his wife, Faridah said she was happy when her husband's wish to tour the peninsula was accomplished.
"The family always prayed for his safety during his mission and hoped it would be completed as soon as possible," he said.
"I could only afford to monitor his movement using my cellphone. Today I am proud my husband has achieved his dream," she added. - Bernama