Round-the-world motorcyclist promotes peace

Aziz Idris & Azlan Othman

Indonesian solo motorcyclist Jeffrey Ronny Polnaja made a five-day stop in Brunei Darussalam while on a ‘Ride for Peace’ mission to circumnavigate the world along the equator. This will be his third round-the-world journey.

The 57-year-old rider entered the Sultanate on November 28 at Sungai Tujoh, Belait District, after riding through Malaysia from Pontianak, Indonesia. During his visit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Jeffrey participated in a number of events.

The events included the International Capital Bike Week at Dermaga Diraja where Jeffrey shared his experience and tips on safe riding; two sharing sessions with Indonesians; one sharing session with Bruneians; and a radio interview.

In a press briefing held by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam on Monday, Jeffrey explained his current mission, ‘Equatoride: Stitching the World, Ride for Peace’ in which he outlined his non-stop travel route across 25 tropical countries.

“Through this mission, I promote world peace and strengthen people-to-people ties, especially at this moment between Indonesia and Brunei,” said Jeffrey during the briefing. He also conveyed his thanks to Bruneians for the hospitality and friendliness offered during his visit to the country. The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko conveyed his hope that Jeffrey would continue to be a goodwill ambassador of Indonesia to help promote the country as a peaceful and vibrant country to the world.

Jeffrey Ronny Polnaja with staff of Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam. PHOTO: SYAHMI HASSAN

Brunei was the second country he visited during the ‘Equatoride’ journey before continuing on to the Philippines, Timor Leste, Australia and further towards the Pacific, South America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia countries before concluding his journey back in Indonesia.

Jeffrey Polnaja is the first Indonesian rider to have circumnavigated the world on a motorcycle solo, and is one of the longest distance riders in the world.

His first round-the-world journey in 2006 – 2015 took him through 420,000 kilometres of paved and unpaved roads.

He successfully overcame innumerable challenges riding through 97 countries, many times across inhospitable terrains and war-affected regions such as the Middle East and Afghanistan.

During his recent stop in Brunei Darussalam, he was facilitated by the Indonesian Embassy and biker communities in Brunei, Veteran Motorcycle Club and Darussalam Motorcycle Association (PEMODA).

On Tuesday, Jeffrey Polnaja set off from the Indonesian Embassy to continue on his journey around the world.