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'Into the Heart of Borneo' expedition back in August
Published on: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The Trans Borneo 2017 challenge is back again with the adventure expedition scheduled to cover three countries in Borneo over 15 days this August.

According to the organiser, North Borneo Explorer director Anuar Ghani, the event with the theme "Into the Heart of Borneo", will see 100 or more participants exploring Sabah, Sarawak, Kalimantan and Brunei Darussalam by road.

"The objective of the expedition is not only to provide a challenge for the participants and their machines against the great outdoors but also an opportunity to strengthen relationships between the various member countries in Bimp-Eaga and also promote regional travel and tourism in the countries covered to an international audience.

"The expedition will promote the 'Culture, History, Adventure, Agriculture and Nature' concept in Borneo."

He said this to the media during a press conference on the event at the Sabah Tourism Board office, here, Saturday.

Anuar said the expedition, which will be a blend between travel adventure and hardcore off-road experience, will also see its participants driving through the heart of Borneo.

"The expedition, which will cover about 2,000km on and off road, will start on Aug 13 from Sabah before crossing into Northern Kalimantan and Eastern Kalimantan before moving westwards across one of the last frontiers in Borneo from Malinau to Ba'Kelalan in Sarawak and end in Brunei on Aug 27.

"Along the way the participants will be staying in resorts, hotels and camping under the stars and also have the opportunity to visit Derawan, Sangalaki and Maratua islands."

He said through the assistance of the Sabah State Cabinet and also the Malaysian Foreign Ministry, the expedition was also able to secure special permission to cross at the Simanggaris border crossing into North Kalimantan.

"We wish to extend our thanks to the State Government for the border-crossing permission and also to Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Anifah Aman for his assistance in helping to arrange the border-crossing with the Indonesian government," he said.

Anuar said the Trans Borneo 2017 participants will also be the first group to cross through the Malinau-Ba'kelalan route in Kalimantan, which is under the jurisdiction of the Indonesian armed forces and thus normally closed off to the public.

He said the Trans Borneo 2017 participants will also include media personnel from Malaysia and eight other countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, China and Singapore, adding that there will also be an Australian television crew who will filming the expedition.

Anuar added they were also looking for more sponsors for the event. - Neil Chan

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