Negeri Sembilan civil servants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in June


SEREMBAN: In June, 30 civil servants will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, in an expedition organised by the Negeri Sembilan State Secretary's Office Sports and Welfare Club.


The project to ascend Africa's highest mountain was inspired by Negeri Sembilan State Secretary Datuk Mat Ali Hassan towards achieving recognition for state civil servants at the national and international levels.  
Mat Ali said he was inspired by the success of a previous expedition to Mount Kinabalu in 2011, also organised by the club.  
"The programme is scheduled for June 10 to 24 as the climate is most agreeable then. In the 14 days, climbers will go up to Uhuru, Mount Kilimanjaro's peak at 5,895 metres," he told Bernama here today.  
Besides aiming to produce active and disciplined civil servants who are dynamic and have leadership skills, the programme also hopes to highlight Malaysia and in particular Negeri Sembilan to the world, in line with the Malaysia Boleh spirit.   
"Climbers taking up the challenge are selected after a screening process by a committee consisting of professional climbers . Those chosen will be exposed to climbing sports periodically in the state and in the country.    
"Their selection is based on experience, health, fitness and suitability for climbing at high altitudes.  
"Several training sessions will be carried out before the expedition, involving mountains in the state and others in Malaysia depending on the weather and climber's health. Besides that, climbers will also be given adequate preparation to adapt to the physiology, weather and environment," he said.  
He said there will be consistent training sessions each week to ensure the fitness level of climbers. 
"The training which began in October 2012 will end in June. After Mount Kilimanjaro, we hope to climb the 8,850-metre Mount Everest in two or three years time," he added.  -- BERNAMA

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