PUTRAJAYA: National explorer Shahrom Abdullah successfully completed a Malaysian Seven Contingents Exploration Club (KE7B) expedition to reach the South Pole in a record 37 days.
Expedition adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mohd Yusof said Shahrom, 36, reached the landmark zero degree point of the South Pole at 4.30am on Saturday, Malaysian time (5.30pm on Friday, South Pole time).
He said Shahrom completed the mission by skiing 890 kilometres from Messner Inlet to the zero degree point.
Shahrom, from Gua Musang, Kelantan also completed the mission in record time compared to earlier expectation of 50 to 60 days, he said.
"Alhamdulillah, we are grateful to Allah that Shahrom made it. This proves that Malaysians, with determination, can overcome any challenge," he said in a statement here, Saturday.
Akmar Hisham added that Shahrom's success marked another world-class achievement by a Malaysian.
The Prime Minister's press secretary and KE7B adviser also said Shahrom's achievement, as the first Malaysian to reach the South Pole on ski across almost 1,000 kilometres should be the pride of all Malaysians.
"I informed the Prime Minister this morning of the good news as he had been very keen on the expedition aside from being concerned about Shahrom's safety.
"He is aware of the obstacles in the expedition as he had once stepped foot on Antarctica. He is exhilarated at the good news," said Akmar Hisham. - Bernama