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Extreme Sports A Means To Create Active Citizens - Rosmah | 26/01/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 2010 (Bernama) -- The development of extreme sports like mountain climbing is in line with the government's efforts to create physically- and mentally-active citizens, the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said.

She said that Malaysia needed a resilient population capable of overcoming challenges in the country's quest for continuous success.

"Activities like mountain climbing teach one to be patient, to be brave in the face of adversities and to be disciplined and diligent in pursuing success," she said when pre-launching the Misi Perdana de'EVEREST 2011 project here Tuesday.

The project, organised by the National Adventure Association led by former Deputy Information Minister Datuk Dr Khalid Yunus, aims to send seven climbers to the peak of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, in May next year.

Rosmah said the quest for Mount Everest needed a careful planning, systematic training and a huge budget.

"Since 1997, when the government started to encourage Malaysians to climb Mount Everest, various financial assistance have been provided but they are often insufficient.

"Despite that, 11 Malaysians, including a woman, Marina Ahmad, managed to conquer the world's highest mountain and hoisted the Jalur Gemilang on its peak at 8,848m.

"I am also proud to say that in the coming mission, another Malaysian women will be in the quest for Mount Everest. This goes to show that Malaysians can achieve greatness if they are given the chance and the support," she said.

Those involved in the Misi Perdana de'EVEREST 2010 are Dr Khalid Yunus, Mohd Illaham Ishak, Shahrul Azuan Shahruddin, Zainul Fikri Mohd Idrus, Mohamad Shaheir Sabaruddin, Mohd Dendera Billah Zamzuri and Roslizawati Rashidi.

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