THE morning rain did not dampen the spirit of 24 determined cyclists who were embarking on a three-day two-night journey through seven towns in Perak.
The event, dubbed Tour De Perak, was held over the weekend in conjunction with the 110th anniversary of the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI).
The event, which is among other activities organised under the organisation’s 110th Anniversary Celebration Series, also aimed to promote the Visit Perak Year 2017 campaign, as the ride would bring them to PCCCI branches and scenic spots around Perak.
State executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon was present to flag off the ride at the organisation’s headquarters near Padang Ipoh.
In his speech, he called on all community groups and organisations in the state, including those from schools, to actively promote positive thinking and encourage the younger generation to face life’s challenges with a positive attitude.
“A positive attitude will help today’s youths reach their goals and boost their creative thinking.
“Only then can they go on to achieve greater things and contribute to both society and the nation’s development,” he said.
Speaking on the ride, Dr Mah said the participants would be passing through towns such as Batu Gajah, Bidor, Teluk Intan, Manjung, Kuala Kangsar, Tanjung Malim and Sungai Siput.
“Apart from visiting PCCCI branches located in these towns, they will get the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the suburbs, experience the local way of life, tasty food and specialities.
“Such an activity will no doubt help boost the tourism industry in Perak,” he said.
PCCCI 110th Anniversary Celebration Series organising chairman Lee Yeong Wai, who also participated in the ride, said visiting other PCCCI branches would promote mutual relations and encourage each other to organise meaningful charitable activities for locals.
“This also allows us to fulfil our social responsibility as we get to be close to the community by organising more physical and mental activities for them to take part in together,” he said.
Lee added that the celebration series was successfully put together after eight months of preparation, thanks to the support from Dr Mah and Perak MCA Youth chief Ting Tai Fook, as well as PCCCI president Datuk Liew Sew Yee.
Before the flag-off, Batu Gajah PCCCI branch handed over RM4,200 to 13 Chinese schools and an education centre in the district.