Crash survivor to embark on record-setting ride

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 13 Sep 2018

Santana (middle) attempts to make it into the Malaysian Book of Records and Guinness World Record for the longest distance ‘single-handed’ motorcycle ride in conjunction with Malaysia Day. With him is Kumaresan (left)

IN conjunction with Malaysia Day, a 35-year-old disabled will be making an attempt to get into the Malaysian Book of Records (MBR) for the longest distance ‘single-handed’ motorcycle ride.

A. Santana Dass, who is a person with disabilities (OKU), will attempt to travel a minimum distance of 5,922km from Penang to Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore for 14 days by himself with his left hand on a modified Yamaha R25 on Sunday.

Santana lost his right arm three years ago in a motorbike-lorry collision in Macalister Road.

“Disabilities will never stop me from trying anything that is new. Stigma and an incorrect perception that people with disabilities do not want to, or cannot participate in sporting activities, is one of the biggest barriers that I would like to overcome,” he said.

Despite the loss of his arm, Santana plans to show his love for the country by covering his bike with stickers of the Malaysian flag and attaching a bigger Malaysia flag to his bike during the flag-off.

“The longest journey that I have travelled, thus far, was from Penang to Singapore. This attempt to set a new record has the support of my wife E. Poovaneswari, and my four children,” he said.

Santana hopes his application for a Guinness World Record, which was sent on Aug 7, will be accepted before Malaysia Day, so that he can get sponsorship for his record-setting attempt.

He explained that if his application for the Guinness World Record is accepted before Sept 16, then he could set both records simultaneously.

“I have sent a letter to Yamaha and other various organisations in regards to sponsorship, but it is still pending.

“So far, I have only received my first sponsorship from Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan,” he said. — Bernama

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