GURUN – The ‘Ride to Hajj 2016′ convoy made a brief stop at the national motorcycle manufacturer (Modenas)’ factory in Gurun today before continuing its journey.
The five participants of the convoy arrived at 8am and were greeted by 500 motorcyclists who came to show their support and to motivate them.
Modenas chief executive officer, Amirudin Abd Kadir also presented the convoy with the company banner to symbolise extension of the Modenas workforce’s “fighting spirit” to the participants.
Amirudin said Modenas which sponsored five brand-new Modenas GT128 motorcycles of the Harimau Malaya edition for the expedition was proud to be able to help the participants in realising their dream of travelling to Makkah to perform the haj this year.
Speaking to reporters here today, he expressed hope that the five participants would be able to perform their haj unhindered, and added that he would pray for their well-being and resilience in undergoing the challenging journey.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday launched the expedition led by former Malaysian Cub Prix champion Wazi Abdul Hamid, 45, at Putra World Trade Centre.
The other participants are expedition programme, ‘Travel to Makkah’ initiator and coordinator of ‘Kembara Musafir Umrah 2016’, Azman Baharuddin; Meor Azhar Meor Raflan, 43; Othman Darus, 46; and Napiah Mohd Noor, 50.
The convoy is expected to travel 11,500 kilometres in about 45 days traversing Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Iran and the United Arab Emirates to reach Saudi Arabia.
Amirudin said the convoy would also stop at Abbad, in Iran, to meet with its distributor representative. “The Modenas GT128 model is a favourite model there,” he added. – BERNAMA