SEPANG: After a gruelling 27 days, participants of Felda’s Greenland expedition returned home to cheers of congratulations from family members and friends here.
Shouts of “Malaysia Boleh” by family members and friends greeted the eight explorers, including a woman, on their arrival at the KL International Airport at 7.30am yesterday.
The explorers were part of Felda’s Continents Exploration Club (KE7B), who had taken part in a skiing expedition across the freezing cold of Greenland in a 540km-long journey.
Expedition leader Yanizam Mohamad Supiah said that among the most difficult challenges they had to endure was the extreme cold weather, which went down to as low as -35°C.
“Praise to God, we managed to complete the expedition earlier than planned, which was 35 days,” he told reporters.
He said a few of them encountered health problems along the way.
“However, due to strong determination to bring glory to the country, we went ahead, with each of us carrying between 70kg and 80kg of equipment on our backs during the journey,” he added.
Shaiful Hisyam Abdul Aziz, 25, the son of a settler at Felda Gedangsa, Hulu Selangor, said he was coughing up blood, but it did not dampen his spirit to complete the expedition.
“It was indeed difficult with the cold weather and a sick body, but the encouragement from colleagues gave me the confidence that I could complete the expedition,” he added.
The sole woman participant, Tahira Najmunisaa, said she did not regard herself as a burden, but worked as a team member in the group.
“I am fortunate because my husband Abdul Rahman Abu Hassan, who is also in the expedition, helped me a lot when I injured my foot,” she added.
Other members of the expedition were Mohd Akasyah Jamaludin, Muhammad Irwan Yusuf Abdullah, Muhd Hafizuddin Abdul Mutalib and Muhammad Musaddiq Samsudin. — Bernama