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Waves, weather test 1Malaysia expedition

PORT KLANG: Eight members of the 1Malaysia Julang Jalur Gemilang Sabah-Perlis expedition said erratic weather and turbulent waves were the biggest challenge so far in their 4,200km journey across the South China Sea.

Expedition leader Azhar Ariffin said, however, it did not dampen their spirits to fly the Jalur Gemilang in the country's waters starting in Tawau, Sabah, on Sept 7 until they reached their ninth destination, Port Klang, yesterday.

"Our participants also faced danger when the engine of the boat we used, the Belacak 37, experienced technical problems when engine oil was mixed with water," he said at the flag-off ceremony at the Port Klang Marine Police Headquarters, here yesterday.

Internal Security and Public Order (Policing/Crime Prevention) deputy director Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman flagged off the expedition from Port Klang heading to Penang.

The expedition was organised in conjunction with the country's independence day celebration, involving six Marine Operations Force personnel, including a woman.

The expedition, which began in Sabah on Sept 7, crossed the sea to Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu and Sarawak before ending in their last location, Kuala Perlis.

The 1Malaysia Julang Jalur Gemilang Sabah-Perlis expedition is organised by the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry with Telekom Malaysia as its main sponsor. Bernama

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