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Stephanie Lee
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Malaysia

Visually-impaired group to set record scaling Mt Kinabalu

The Star/ANN | Stephanie Lee | Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Mt Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU - Twenty-four people are set to put their names in the record books next month as the largest visually-impaired group to scale Mount Kinabalu.

They are among 30 people from the Society of the Blind in Malaysia (SBM) who will be climbing Malaysia's highest peak from Nov 2 to Nov 5 to mark the society's Golden Jubilee Year.

SBM president and expedition leader Mohammed Nazari Othman said the climb would encourage the blind to work towards their own self-advancement.

"This is also to encourage the blind in Malaysia to uphold their rights and to live as contributing citizens in the country," he said.

Mohammed Nazari said the record-breaking attempt would help improve communication and understanding between the visually impaired and the rest of the community.

He added that the three-week expedition would pose many challenges in terms of perseverance, self-esteem and endurance among the members.

In its 50 years, SBM has encouraged Braille reading and writing, given language classes, computer literacy courses, creative writing, handicraft-making and held seminars for its members.

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