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Najib joins 10,000 cyclists in KL car-free morning
Sunday May 4, 2014

Tun Razak posing for a picture with Sanne Janssen (left), Anne De Graaf (2nd from right) and Sander Van Kranenburg (right) from Holland at KL Car-Free Morning 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a pleasant surprise for some 10,000 cycling enthusiasts participating in the KL Car-Free Morning when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak joined in the event on Sunday.

Najib, who arrived just before the flag-off at 7am in front of KLCC, mingled with the crowd before joining them on his own Avanti bicycle as they paddled around the heart of the city.

Sporting a red jersey and red helmet, Najib covered half of the 6.5km route along Jalan Ampang and Jalan P. Ramlee. He took the opportunity to chat and pose for photographs with participants before leaving.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall was willing to hold the campaign twice a month instead of merely on the first Sunday of every month if there were overwhelming requests from city dwellers.

He said the growing support for the campaign as a way to promote a cleaner environment in the capital was attested by the increase in number of participants from 2,000 in the first edition in January followed with 2,500 (February), 5,000 (March), 7,000 (May) and 10,000 (today).

Event chairman Datuk Naim Mohamad said the family oriented event was aimed at promoting unity and healthy lifestyle among city folks.

Najib cycling with participants at the KL Car-Free Morning on Sunday.

Naim, who is also Malaysian National Cycling Federation deputy president, expressed hope that more people would join in the campaign to help promote KL as an eco-green city.

"Besides spending the Sunday with the family in a healthy activity, the event is also our way of supporting the government's effort to reduce the nation's carbon emission by 40% come 2020," he added.

Among those participating was Netherlands Embassy's head of trade Anne de Graff who said this was the fifth time she and several others from the embassy had had taken part in the campaign.

"It was a pleasant surprise to see the Prime Minister joining in the event to promote the use of bicycles as a means of getting around the city," she said, adding that the embassy had sponsored four bicycles for dignitaries in the campaign.

Also catching the attention of cyclists was the group from Challenge Malaysia's Cycle-For-Life who unveiled its locally made tandem bicycles for physically challenged children.

Source: The Star Online


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