Malaysian Achievement Spirit represented in one Man and One Nation’s Vision stops in Yemen shortly:JGII’s message of peace reaches Yemen [Archives:2003/644/Reportage]

June 23 2003
Photo from archived article: photos/644/report1_1
Photo from archived article: photos/644/report1_1
The map showing the route  (dashed lines: by sea , red lines: by car)
The map showing the route (dashed lines: by sea , red lines: by car)
Shamsurrijal Abdul Jamil driving in Sanaa
Shamsurrijal Abdul Jamil driving in Sanaa
Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
SANAA – Last week, Yemen became the 21st station of the solo expedition around the world named 'Jalur Gemilang II' with accordance to Spirit, Love and Pride towards Malaysia. The driver of the expedition, Shamsurrijal Abdul Jamil, arrived to Sanaa on June 15 during his expedition around the world covering 180,000 km through 118 countries in six continents and back to Malaysia. He entered Yemen from the Sultanate of Oman after passing through 20 countries.
In a press release held at the Malaysian embassy in Sanaa, Mr. Shamsurrijal said that he has two messages to convey to the world through Jalur Gemilang II. Those are to expose the great advances in industry and tourism of Malaysia, and the other is to spread the message of peace worldwide on behalf of all Muslim nations.
According to Shamsurrijal, the expedition will take a year and a half to complete. He started his trip on February 15 2003 and expects the journey to end in Malaysia in July 2004.
“Yemen is among the countries that I was impressed of in many ways. I was able to visit Al-Mahara, Mareb, Sanaa, and Aden governorates. I have visited several ancient sites and was able to enjoy a pleasant tour in Bab Al-Yaman in Sanaa.” he said.
The vehicle used in this expedition is a Malaysian-made Proton Satria GTi car which is equipped with the latest equipment in communication and digital mapping supported through satellite and has the number plate MAS 2001 (MAS = Malaysian Achievement Spirit).
The agenda and mission of the journey is to re-enforce Malaysia's image in the eyes of the world in terms of Malaysia's national spirit, power of technology, automotive, telecommunication and tourism industry.
By putting forward 'sports tourism' in Malaysia, it would mean that Malaysia is not only a country that hosts international sport events but is capable of participating as well.
This expedition is an effort in the true spirit of 'Malaysia Boleh' and a record-breaking attempt in the Guinness Book of World Records, in the category of the most number of countries entered by a solo driver.
The trip will cover the following countries in the given order: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, United States of America, Mexico, Belize Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Lesoto, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Philipines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, China, Macau, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and back to Malaysia!