| Mohammad Abdullah |
A COMBINED total of 31,500km were covered in a 30-hour journey for the Merdeka Tour Ride (MTR), which was an outstanding achievement by PEMODA, the largest and oldest motorcycle association in Borneo.
“This was a massive undertaking and the ride received an overwhelming response from all our members,” said PEMODA president, Pg Hj Redzuan Pg Hj Ahmad.
“We were fortunate that our members showed full support to PEMODA. Through our passion for bikes, we were able show our patriotic spirit.”
Seven groups of bikers took to the roads of Brunei Darussalam, riding through all the four districts – Brunei-Muara, Tutong, Belait and Temburong.
Each group left at a different time at a five-hour interval. The first group left at 9am followed by the second group at 2pm.
The third group left at 7pm while the fourth group left at midnight. The final group left at 5am the next day and the last group departed at 10am.
For each of the group, the ride experience was different. There were some individuals who had ridden for more than 15 hours and riding with alternative group taking advantage of the MTR to push themselves to the limit to find out if they’ve got what it takes to be a hardcore rider.
For most, the five hours were enough of testing their mental and physical stamina.
For some, the tour took more than five hours.
The first group took at least seven hours to reach the last checkpoint. Weaving through the rush hour traffic and the heat of the midday sun, the group pushed on.
With hardly any time for lunch, the five hours came and went. They were still on the last leg of their journey and it was already six hours. By the time they reached the final checkpoint it was close to seven hours.
“It was a gruelling ride,” said PEMODA ex-president Hj Abu Bakar Hj Arshad.
“But it was fun. Never had we ridden in Brunei for more than three hours let alone for seven hours. It was a historic event and one I was proud to be a part of.”
His sentiment was echoed by the 105 participants who took up the challenge to ride for 30 hours non-stop on the roads of Brunei in a show of patriotism.
Lady biker president who is also a member of PEMODA, Chin Ling Ling said that at each of the checkpoints, the fire department officials, as well as the police officials were more than courteous to the travelling bikers.
“We were welcomed with open arms at each checkpoints. It was great that they were able to forge a relationship with the officials. This was all part of the objective of the MTR, to share our patriotic spirit through our passion with the Brunei’s populace,” she said.