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Seri Stamford’s Pan Borneo Adventure (PBA)
Seri Stamford College will embark on a new daring adventure which will feature five lecturers and administrative staff traversing Sabah and Sarawak on CMC Tekken 250S motorcycles on one of the most diverse, wild, exhilarating and least explored corners of the planet, a land that Master Chef and celebrity, Anthony Bourdain, has fondly described as, ‘Borneo, the best kind of adventure’.
Aptly named the Pan Borneo Adventure 2017, this stimulating challenge will provide a conduit to improve the bilateral understanding between the people of Sabah and Sarawak, particularly in socio-cultural aspects. The PBA will commence at the end of May 2017 to coincide with the Kamatan Festival in Sabah and the Gawai Dayak on 1 June in Kuching, Sarawak. Besides Stamford students, It is understood that other non-government organisations will be on hand to welcome the contingent when they arrive at Kuching at the end of the adventure.
This expedition follows the call by leaders from the Malaysian government to establish greater symmetry across the divide. The Borneo adventure is unique because it is the first time a private college working with its network with PACOS Trust, a non-government body in East Malaysia to promote and forge greater dialogue and ties between West and East Malaysians. Above and beyond this, the travelling roadshow will also provide English classes to the children of the villages visited.
The bikers who are going to take on this challenge will be led by Team Mentor Dato’ Vincent Leong, Eng Fu Ji (Head of Pre-University Studies) Yogeswaran (Accounting lecturer) Alex Lee (Student Counsellor) and Sofian (AgroTech, IRIS Corporation) and Eng Lim Kooi (CEO, Platinum Encoded)
Dato’ Vincent Leong, Team Mentor, a motor enthusiast, mooted the idea behind this project.
“Many West Malaysians are not familiar with the culture of East Malaysians and the significance of the Kamatan of Sabah or the Gawai of Sarawak. This Pan- Borneo adventure will provide both staff and students with the chance to learn and value our differences. We have good partners in Cheah Global Sdn Bhd who have graciously offered the Tekken 250S motorbikes at a subsidised cost. Our lecturers will find them a reliable and sturdy motorbike. Just imagine how many Malaysians can now get to experience this truly fascinating trip,” said Dato’ Vincent Leong.
He added that this trail blazing adventure will be documented in film by the Seri Stamford Media students. S.Kesavan, Best Short Film Director and trained in Hollywood will supervise the shooting of the documentary. The college has more than 20 years of collaboration with FINAS (the National Film Development Corporation, Malaysia) has boosted the Seri Stamford’s confidence to produce this documentary together with the support of other famed local Directors for advice on the post production.
“A film of this magnitude done by media students not only enhances their learning skills and imbibes intrinsic confidence but gives them an opportunity to be able to come back to the peninsula and talk about their experience to others. We need to inculcate this in our young adults so that the coming generation of Malaysians will be able to transcend boundaries and confidently become global citizens. The riders for the PBA have been in training for endurance and riding skills by Weley Auto, a local motorbike distributor and co-sponsor of the project. Although relatively new to this experience, the riders have taken on the challenge with enthusiasm and vigour. So watch out for the trailer and the release of this adventure of film,” he added.
The Guest of Honour is Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. He will be presenting the riding helmets and jackets to the riders.
Seri Stamford College is a subsidiary of technology and innovation group IRIS Corporation Berhad, and has produced more than 500,000graduates. Seri Stamford College’s academic programmes are Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia approved with accreditation by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
PACOS Trust is a community-based organization dedicated to supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. PACOS is an acronym for “Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah.