RANAU: The KL 2017 Torch Run has literally reached greater heights with Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin scaling the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Kundasang.
Khairy led a group of 24 officials and volunteers to bring the torch to the 4,095m Low's Peak as part of the run before the start of the 29th SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games
The group began their 8km trek to the summit at Timpohon Gate at the base of the mountain on Sunday and spent a night at Laban Rata before reaching Low’s Peak early yesterday morning.
From there the torch was taken to Kundasang town before making its way to Keningau and Tawau.
Tomorrow the torch will be taken to Sandakan, Kota Belud, Tuaran and Kota Kinabalu before ending the Sabah leg in Sipitang on June 8.
It would then be handed over to Sarawak officials at the state’s northernmost border town of Lawas for the next leg of the run.
The torch had earlier arrived from Labuan and was presented to Khairy by Sabah Umno Youth chief Yamani Hafez Musa at Timpohon Gate.
Khairy told the media that Mount Kinabalu and Mulu Caves in Sarawak were among the key landmarks in Sabah and Sarawak where the torch would be taken.
“I am happy with the enthusiastic response by Malaysians of all walks of life at the places where the KL 2017 Torch Run had gone through so far, he said.
Khairy added that he was looking forward to his inaugural climb of the mountain which he expected to be challenging given that it was the fasting month.
“To me this Torch Run is also significant as it is being held on the second anniversary of the Mount Kinabalu earthquake,” he added.
Khairy hoped to meet relatives of the earthquake victims who were expected to join the mountain climb.
The KL 2017 Torch Run began on May 13 and is expected to be completed by Aug 12 ahead of the SEA Games from Aug 19 to 30 and the Para Asean Games from Sept 17 to 23.
Details of the Torch Run and the KL 2017 are available at www.kualalumpur2017.com.my