SEPANG, Jan 7 ― Thoughts of the family and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak inspired national explorer Muhammad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin, or better known as Qobin, to continue with his expedition to the 90 point degree South Pole, although faced with various challenges including frostbite.
For 36-year-old Qobin the 111-km that he travelled was a gruelling journey which witnessed several explorers from other groups having to be rescued and bring a halt to their skiing expedition.
“My family and the Malaysian country leader inspired me to persist in this mission. In my heart, I just wanted to contribute to the country.
“I thank the Prime Minister for his support and youths who have made me a youth icon,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today.
Qobin is the first Malaysian, second Southeast Asian and third Muslim and the youngest in the world to be a Grand Slam Explorer, and joins 70 other people who have achieved that feat. ― Bernama