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All systems go for JBorneo19

By Chris Maskilone

KOTA KINABALU: It is all systems go for the Jelajah Borneo 2019 (JBorneo19) tomorrow that will see 20 big bikers traversing over 2,000 kilometres with stopover at 35 locations in the next seven days.

The flagged off would be done at Perdana Park in Tanjung Aru by Tourism Malaysia Sabah Office Director Jamilah Abdul Halim at 7.30am.

Assafal (riding the big bike) as the launching gimmick for JBorneo19. Hosin Bayani is on the extreme right. SNT Pix/Chris Maskilone

The convoy that would also be accompanied by three vehicles would be making several stops along the way to Kota Marudu on the first day.

JBorneo19, a collaboration between Persatuan Anak Tanjung Aru (Persata), Tourism Malaysia and Sabah Big Bikers Association (SBBA) was officially launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal represented by Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Assafal P Alian at Rose Garden, Magellan Sutera here today.

Mohd Shafie in his speech said the State Government will continue to support effort of non-profit NGOs such as Persata and SBBA.

Assafal (centre) with Hosin and other organising committee members at the launch of JBorneo19. SNT Pix/Chris Maskilone

He believed the expedition not only promote the tourism sector in Sabah but at the same time assist in creating awareness on social and charity activities through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mohd Shafie said high impact tourism-related programmes such as JBorneo19 should be empowered by opening participations at the national level in order to get maximum exposure.

“Efforts of the government to promote new tourism destinations in Sabah need involvement from all quarters,” he said, adding that he hoped Persata and SBBA, in particular would continue to provide support to boost Sabah’s tourism industry through the niche sector of big bike motoring sports tourism.

Meanwhile, organising chairman, Hosin Bayani said JBorneo19 was part of their initiatives to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2020.

Assafal, who is the patron of the event, met by reporters after the launch. SNT Pix/Chris Maskilone

“Secondly, we are promoting Borneo through Sabah as a premier big bike or motor sports tourism destination,” he said.

The convoy would be making charity stops at SMK Sukau, Taman Wawasan Tawau and in Keningau.

The expedition schedule:

Dec 1: Flag-off Perdana Park Tanjung Aru – KK – Sepanggar – Tuaran – Kota Belud – Kudat – Kota Marudu

Dec 2: Kota Marudu – Ranau – Kundasang – Telupid – Beluran – Sandakan

Dec 3: Sandakan – Kinabatangan – Sukau – Lahad Datu – Kunak – Semporna

Dec 4: Semporna

Dec 5: Semporna – Tawau – Merotai – Kalabakan – Sapulut – Nabawan – Sook – Keningau

Dec 6: Keningau – Tenom – Sipitang – Lawas – Limbang – Beaufort – Menumbok – Labuan

Dec 7: Labuan – Kuala Penyu – Membakut – Bongawan – Kimanis – Papar – Putatan – Penampang – Sembulan – Bulatan Todak KK.-SabahNewsToday