5 June 2017:With Minister of Youth and Sports YB Brig Gen Khairy Jamaluddin leading the way, the KL2017 Torch Run reaches the peak of Malaysia’s highest mountain. In the wee hours of the morning on 5 June 2017, history was made as Minister of Youth and Sports YB Brig Gen Khairy Jamaluddin triumphantly lit the KL2017 Torch on the summit of Sabah’s Mt Kinabalu. The Minister led a group of 24 that made the climb up the 4,095m peak after spending a night at the Laban Rata transit point. The contingent included Kinabalu Climbathon 2016 Champion Safrey Sumping as well as Junaydie Sihan and Jomius Binte – two guides involved in the search and rescue operation following the 2015 Mount Kinabalu earthquake – and of course the Games mascot Rimau. For YB Brig Gen Khairy the occasion proved extra memorable, this being his first ascent of the mountain, made during the fasting season on less. The ascent was also made on the second anniversary of the Mt Kinabalu earthquake, adding even more weight behind it.
YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin on the trail to bring the KL2017 Torch up to the summit of Mount Kinabalu
“We hope with today’s feat, having successfully carried and lit up the KL2017 Torch at the peak of Mount Kinabalu, our athletes and all Malaysians will rise together to realise our target of becoming overall champion in the coming SEA Games,” he said. After being hauled back down the mountain, the torch then made its way to Kundasang Town before stopping off at various points in Sabah including Ranau, Keningau, Tawau, Sandakan, Kota Belud, Tuaran and Sipitang. Onwards and the torch was handed to Sarawak officials where it was carried across Mulu National Park, and through its many cave networks and rock pinnacles. From here, it made its way over to the Peninsular, arriving by boat at Kuala Perlis before heading to Kedah and on to the island of Langkawi where it was taken via cable car up Gunung Mat Chincang.
State Assemblyman of Marudi, YB Datu Dr Penguang Manggil takes the KL2017 Torch on a boat ride to the Wind Cave on the Sarawak leg of the KL2017 Torch Run. The run then continued from the Wind Cave to the Lady Cave before ending its journey at the Clearwater Cave in Mulu National Park
The Perlis Sailing Team takes the KL2017 Torch on a sailing dinghy to Kompleks Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia, Kuala Perlis on the KL2017 Torch handover from Sarawak to Perlis
Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority, Dato’ Hj Azizan bin Noordin takes the Torch up to Gunung Mat Chinchang in Langkawi Skycab’s cable car on the Kedah leg of the Torch Run
Next up is Penang, the Pearl Of The Orient where it will take a plunge in the Malacca Strait with a swimmer carrying it from Pulau Jerajak to Batu Uban Marina. With that, the KL2017 Torch run is currently just over half way through its three-month nationwide journey, drumming up excitement for the 29th SEA Games from 19-31 August and 9th ASEAN Para Games from 17-23 September. The last few legs of the expedition will see it reach Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and finally back to Kuala Lumpur where it will be taken into Bukit Jalil Stadium on 12 August and handed over to YB Brig Gen Khairy who will safeguard it until the Games opening ceremony a week later.