Sunday, April 27, 2008

Malaysian Sailor to Sail the World

A Malaysian sailor by the name of Captain Ariffin Abdul Aziz hailing from the state of Seremban (but the Star newspaper reported that he was from Terengganu??????) would be venturing into the sea by sailing round the world with his yacht, christened as Ulu Mulu.

The yacht was sponsored by Samling Group which was sent to Australia for upgrading / repair in preparation for this feat. Captain Ariffin Abdul Aziz's previous long distance experience was sailing from from Easter Island to Miri, a coastal city in the state of Sarawak, a distance of 2,800 nautical miles.

In conjunction with Sarawak's 45th anniversary of independence (?????? 45th???????), this sail-around-the-world event would be launched from Miri. Captain Ariffin is aiming to sail around the world in 180 days. Will he be able this break the previous Malaysian record held by Datuk Azahar Mansor, who travelled round the world in 190 days covering 25,444 nautical miles using the Jalur Gemilang yacht?

This feat has been delayed several times already and now he requires RM1.0 million from sponsors for this feat. Hopefully this request of sponsorship won't end up like the Solo Flying Peace Mission by Captain Mohd Fairuz Mohd Sakirin.

In the case of Captain Mohd Fairuz, he has been trying to lift his plane off the ground since year 2000 till now. First he claimed that financial constraints held him up.

Then in year 2004, he said that the Middle East conflicts may affect his flying mission.

During year 2005, Captain Mohd Fairuz tried to raise funds by participating in TV3's, one of Malaysia's main TV station, nationwide roadshows.

In year 2006, RM15 million was required to launched his pet project and several 'big shots' (including the Minister of the Tourism Ministry) had offered supports but everything quieten down as time passes by.

By 2007, the cost for the take-off has touched RM20 million. Out of this amount, he has received RM10 million but the project is heading to nowhere. The RM10 million that was given to him has not been accounted for. Did he buy the plane that he wanted to use for this flying mission? Who gave him that money? What happened to the money now? Who got to use it at the same time?

I have a friend who knew about this mission and the stuff that he told me was unbelievable. Can't disclose much (no documentation to proof it) on that as it would tantamount to me being sued for no reason later on.

Next thing I want to highlight is why did the Star newspaper quote that Sarawak would be celebrating its 45th anniversary of independence. Sarawak is one of the states in Malaysia and the nation has celebrated its 50th independence day last 31 Aug. You mean to say that the Sarawak state government has disagreed with the independence year of 1957?

This is really confusing. A state within Malaysia is celebrating another different date for their independence. This is a slap on the face of the federal government!
Tags: Captain Ariffin Abdul Aziz, Captain Mohd Fairuz Mohd Sakirin, Ulu Mulu, Samling Group, Yacht, Miri, Sarawak



Blogger bZbee said...

it is sept 16th 1957..the formation of malaysia..hence..there will not be any Malaysia if not for The borneons...only tanah melayu as stated in the tanah melayu birth cert....and some bugger wants 16th sept to be wiped out of M'sian history...maybe he is blind or some sort of buta huruf...

27 April, 2008 20:14  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

1957? i think it shld be 1963, right?

28 April, 2008 00:09  
Blogger bZbee said...

oh ya....hehehe..lupa..was arguing the dates with DH bah last nite..LOL

28 April, 2008 10:19  
Blogger EliteVillain said...

oh great .... so many doubts in Malaysia stuffs....sometimes i just wondering if we ever get something done nicely....sien

28 April, 2008 12:05  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

bzbee - how come cannot access yr blog d?

elite - things can be done actually but with the bureaucratic rules and people along the way, it would take years to get it launched and a number of years for it to be completed too

28 April, 2008 12:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what i hate about raising money is... most of the money raised are normally NOT accounted for. put it short, they masuk poket sendiri.

this puts me off...

why would people sponser tens of millions to sail around the world and the sailor will eventually get a 'datukship' for his braving through the seas.

the money should be spent at home instead. ok fine, private sector donated. but shouldnt money be spent wisely instead of doing things JUST to make name in history?

how does it benefit the country and or people if he went around the world in a boat?

28 April, 2008 12:13  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

it was a yacht, not book .. hehehe

yeah yeah got yr meaning - well, at least some managed to set off for their feat wherelse some remain unseen and unheard of after collecting the money

those who made it - i will give my respect too as it was an incredible feat by datuk azahar mansor. it was no joke.

28 April, 2008 12:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Independence of Federation of Malaya was 31st August, 1957. Formation of the Federation of Malaysia was on 16th September 1963. The Federation of Malaysia was formed by Malaya, Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore. Singapore left the Federation in 1965.

10 June, 2008 15:48  

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