10 Malaysians out to beat rope traversing record


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 Feb 2003

BY ELAN PERUMAL

SHAH ALAM: More than 100 million television viewers throughout the world are expected to catch the live action of an attempt to break the world record on rope traversing during the “Highline 2003 Shah Alam” challenge in August. 

About 40 television networks will broadcast the event that will see a team of 10 members, including a woman and a physically-handicapped person, taking part in another Malaysia Boleh project. 

The team is expected to beat the world record which is now held by Czech Republic’s Zdance Kadlec who traversed on a 953.63m rope on July 3, 1998. 

LET'S DO IT: Dr Khir Toyo pointing to the project's logo during the soft launch in Shah Alam Friday as Highline Challenge organising chairman Nor Azhar H.M. Chazali looks on.

A member of the Malaysian team is expected to achieve a new feat, traversing for a distance of 1.040km, stretching from Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah to the Grand Blue Wave Hotel here. 

The event will also coincide with the National Day celebrations on Aug 31. 

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, who is the Highline 2003 patron, said the success of the event would help to promote Malaysia as a peaceful and unique nation. 

“This is the best opportunity for us to show the world what we are capable of doing,” he said after attending the project’s soft launch here on Wednesday.  

Dr Khir said the project was expected to cost RM3mil. 

The event, he said, had the Federal Government’s backing which, through the Civil Defence Department, was providing training for the team members.  

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