Fireman cycles 2,020km to celebrate National Day

SHAH ALAM: A fireman cycled 2,020km throughout the peninsula and visited 63 fire stations en route to commemorate National Day.

Mohd Fakhrul Munir Mohd Isa, who is an instructor with the Kuala Kubu Baru Fire and Rescue Academy, said he carried out the feat to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the nation’s independence.

“I conceptualised this mission two years ago,” said Fakhrul, who started his journey on Aug 6 from the academy.

He has since covered every state and arrived at the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department headquarters in Bukit Jelutong here yesterday where he was met by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

Fakhrul said he would be completing his journey in Putrajaya on National Day where he will be met upon arrival by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid.

According to Fakhrul, he had trained almost daily for two months before embarking on the journey.

“I cycled about 80km to 100km in the morning and ran about 10km in the evening to build stamina and endurance,” he said, adding he started his journey at 8.30am and stopped at about 6pm in the evening daily.

Fakhrul also raised funds throughout for the Firemen Welfare Fund.

“The firemen at the fire stations I stopped at along the journey contributed towards the fund.

“There were also state executive councillors and assemblymen who donated when I arrived at their respective states,” said Fakhrul.

Fakhrul said his biggest challengers were crosswinds as well as steep and winding roads.

“Of course, rainy weather was also a hindrance but I made it a point to stop when the rain was heavy,” said Fakhrul who was accompanied by a support team throughout the journey.

He added that the collection, including Amirudin’s contribution, has reached about RM20,000.

Fakhrul said the deaths of several firemen in 2018 prompted him to come up with the plan to raise funds.

“I wanted to help raise funds for families of firemen who were in need,” he added.

He narrated how the deaths of six firemen – Mohd Fatah Hashim, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, Mazlan Omarbaki, Yahya Ali, Adnan Othman and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari who drowned when they were on a mission at a mining pond in Puchong to rescue a teenager who fell while fishing in October 2018, as well as the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim in a riot at a temple in USJ, Subang Jaya, the following month, had motivated him to embark on the cycling marathon.

Meanwhile, Amirudin praised Fakhrul’s commitment towards raising money for the fund.

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