KUALA LUMPUR: Distance was not a hindrance for two avid cyclists who cycled more tham 200 kilometres with their folding bicycles to cast their ballots today.
Suhaimi Mat Salleh, 39, from Taman Melawati planned his epic journey back to his hometown in Baling, Kedah with his friend who is also a Kedahan, Muhammad Zainurin Akmal Bin Ahmad Zaini, 29.
The father of two started his journey from Kuala Lumpur four days before polling day.
“I went to Ipoh, Perak via Electric Train Service (ETS) and met Zainurin at the train station before we cycled to Taiping, covering more than 60 kilometres in distance.
“We stayed in Taiping for a day and visited many interesting and historical places before continuing our journey to Parit Buntar on the second day of our trip.
“There were many challenges along the way but thank God, we managed to overcome them without any difficulties.
“We reached Kedah on Sunday and plan to return to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow via train,” he said.
Suhaimi, fondly known as ‘Kalai’ among his cycling friends said it this was his third time casting his ballot paper but the first time he cycled back to his hometown.
“I believe when there is a will, there is a way for us to do something and to get out of our comfort zone,” he said, adding that this was his first bicycle tour.