Penang 4x4 convoy aims to reach India in 51 days

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016

In high spirits: Dr Sharavanan waving from the driver’s seat of his vehicle nicknamed ‘Bheema’ as the convoy is being flagged off by Dr P. Ramasamy (second from left) and ACP Azmi (left) at PIDC and VMU College in Butterworth.

BUTTERWORTH: Fifteen people have embarked on a 25,000km journey on 4x4 vehicles to India from Penang.

Heading the convoy of five Land Rovers is Penang International Dental College (PIDC) managing director and Vinayaka Missions University (VMU) College pro-chancellor Datuk Dr S. Sharavanan.

Dubbed ‘Vinayaka Missions - Road To India’, the convoy comprising other management staff and 4x4 Adventure & Exploration Club Malaysia members will travel through four countries before reaching Salem in South India.

Dr Sharavanan said they would pass through Thailand and Myanmar before entering India.

“We hope to complete the journey in 51 days if the weather and conditions are good. The journey is held in conjunction with India’s Independence Day celebration today (yesterday).

“It will be a spectacular journey back to Salem, near Chennai in India, where my family founded VMU, one of the largest private educational organisations in India.

“After arriving, we will spend a few days there before returning to Malaysia by ship,” he said before leading the convoy in his vehicle nicknamed ‘Bheema’ from the PIDC and VMU campus in Butterworth here.

At the ceremony yesterday, staff members and students came out to bid farewell to the convoy as Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and north Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Adam flagged them off.

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