Caring M’sians the remedy


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  • Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020

Therapeutic walk: Keow arriving in Ipoh after walking 210km from Kuala Lumpur. (Inset) Abang Wan insisted on giving Keow money after learning of his story.

PETALING JAYA: A man who walked from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh with his broken heart in tow has credited the many kind Malaysians he met during his six-day journey for helping him heal while he was down in the dumps.

Keow Wee Loong, a 32-year-old daredevil photographer known for scaling tall buildings around the world, decided to walk from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh as he was going through a heartbreak after a woman walked out from his life.

“Arrived in Ipoh with zero ringgit in my pocket walking from Kuala Lumpur. On this 210km journey, I met a lot of people from different backgrounds and beliefs who united together to help someone in need.

“This is truly our Malaysian core culture to help people,” Keow recently posted on Twitter, where he chronicled his journey of travelling cashless and sleeping by the roadside.

He also shared a video, now viral, of a kind Kelantanese man he met, Abang Wan.

In the video, Abang Wan offered to give Keow RM400 after learning that he had walked from the capital city.

“I walked from KL and was unsure of my real purpose. I walked as much as I could. Now I’m in Ipoh, 210km away from my house.

“I met Abang Wan in Tapah. He sat next to me while smoking. I told him my story and the reason why I’m walking.

“When he realised that I walked from KL, he was surprised and offered me RM400. He told me to open my bag and keep the money,” Keow told mStar.

Keow, however, refused, telling Abang Wan that he already considered the man his brother despite them having just met.

Abang Wan insisted that Keow accept the money and the back-and-forth attracted the attention of other onlookers.

“I started my journey without any money. But I was happy to leave behind all my possessions. Abang Wan asked me to take the money and told me there was no need to say anything,” said Keow.

In the same encounter, Keow gifted Abang Wan with a small Jalur Gemilang as a symbol of their friendship.

Keow, who throughout his journey slept in tents he set up at rest areas by the highway and under bridges, said he met many kind Malaysians who offered him money but he only accepted food and drinks.

“During my journey of six days, I slept by the roadside. When I said that I was from KL, many wanted to help me. They were surprised and offered aid,” said Keow, who carried a 15kg backpack during his walk.Keow admitted that heartache was the reason behind his solo

journey and also apologised to the woman, whom he said had been by his side through thick and thin.

“I want to apologise to her and I hope she forgives me. My depression caused her to run away and I don’t know how to look for her.

“I’ve hurt her and that’s why she left. That’s why I walked.

“And in my journey, I met many well-wishers who helped me get out of depression,” he said.

Previously, videos of Keow who is known as a daredevil and an adrenaline junkie, had gone viral for climbing skyscrapers all over the world, including Dubai’s Marina 101 in Dubai, the Shanghai Tower in China and The Exchange 106 in Kuala Lumpur.

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