AKAR Jerlun broke a national record

Dato' Mukhriz with former Air Hitam ADUN, Organising Chairman of AKAR Jerlun, UMNO Jerlun Chief and UPSI adviser for the kayak team at the launch of AKAR Jerlun

Adventure Kayak Race (AKAR) Jerlun organised jointly by Jerlun Parliamentary Service Centre and UMNO Jerlun with co-operation of ANSARA and Ministry of Youth and Sports which was kicked off this evening at Gua Kerbau, Kokdiang, Jerlun, North West Kedah set a new record for kayak race in Malaysia. Kemas and the Army provided logistics support.

Mukhriz giving his AKAR Jerlun address

Jerlun MP Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, who is also Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry horned-off the three day event at 400pm in good weather, where 140 kayaks would be participating. The event this evening was the time trial where the UPSI team took the ‘orange jersey’.

Mukhriz blowing the horn to mark the 'game's afoot'

For the next two days, the kayakers would cross all over Jerlun along Sungai Korok and several canals. The kayaks would need to pass above several bridges and under several tunnels, where some of these obstacles would have to be negotiated by physically carrying the kayaks over them. The aggregate journey would be a distant of 50kms.

UPSI team taking the 'orange jersey' for time trial

This is Mukhriz’s initiative to kill several birds with the same stone. Being an avid sportsman, he would like to address the realisation of the eco-tourism potential of Jerlun, youths’ extreme sports enthusiasm, promote healthy lifestyle to the youths especially institute of higher learning students and bring a national sports event to the area. He also hoped that the event would turn into an international event and better realise the potential of eco-tourism of the area for external demands. Jerlun is where ancient Kedah capital Kota Siputeh is.

In the media conference after the event, Mukhriz commented on the ‘Unity’ idea of co-operation between UMNO and PAS. He said that UMNO was not desperate and willing to wait since the nationalist party had more than three times of the seats in Dewan Rakyat, as compared to PAS.

The champ and the winners

In his usual jovial and light self, he quipped “I hope next year we can see UMNO and PAS kayak teams compete here against each other”.

Mukhriz expressed his pleasure of an event being organised which saw active and overwhelm participation of locals, especially the youths. Jerlun started its own kayak team. Jerlun KEMAS took the opportunity of the race to organise an event for the ladies and children. It was a wholesome family do for many North East Kedahans.

Published in: on July 23, 2010 at 23:13  Comments (5)