24 students hope to make their way into record book

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Aug 2004

PETALING JAYA: Twenty-four students plan to make their way into the Malaysia Book of Records by flying a 1,000m-long Jalur Gemilang atop Malaysia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu. 

The mammoth flag will be made up of 20 smaller flags which will be attached by the students when they reach the peak at the end of a three-day expedition that will kick off on Aug 29. 

The event is organised by the Gerakan Ehsan Selangor. 

Its president Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail, said the students, aged between 13 and 17, were from schools in Gombak and they were part of the movement’s Kem Permata Kasih project which was aimed at instilling a sense of patriotism and awareness in environmental conservation among the young. 

In this way, she said, the movement hoped to help reduce social ills among youths, especially students. 

The camp was designed to help problematic students to turn over a new leaf. 

Selangor Education director Datuk Yusoff Harun said the department would monitor the progress of the students.  

He hoped other non-governmental organisations would follow the example set by the movement to develop youths in the state. 

SM Lembah Keramat student counsellor Khairinfariza Kamarul Bahrin, 27, said since two of her students took part in the Kem Permata Kasih, their attitude towards life had changed for the better. 

Her students, Mohd Fitri Al Junid and Mohd Nabil Mohd Rizal, both 17, are now active members of the Kelab Sahabat Permata Kasih (an alumni club for those who participated in the programme). 

Mohd Fitri is now the club president while Mohd Nabil is the secretary. 

Mydin Wholesale Emporium will be sponsoring the flag.  

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