26th October, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The 25th Borneo Safari expedition set another record as it attracted the biggest participation yet with 1198 participants in 320 vehicles.
It also registered the biggest international participation not only from neighbouring countries such as Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand, but also France, Australia, Japan, and Ireland.
The eight-day expedition will see the convoy exploring the villages in Keningau and Tenom where around 100 of them will enter into the Dalit and Pensiangan forest reserves.
Speaking to reporters after flagging off the convoy at the Sabah Tourism Board building here yesterday, Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said that the activity is not only a mere expedition but also a tourism product for the state.
He said that the activity does not only benefit the people in the city where the convoy starts but also the people in the villages where the convoy pass by.
“I hope there will be bigger participation next year, and I’d like to thank all the sponsors including the Youth and Sports Ministry, Isuzu Malaysia, UMW Grantt International Sdn Bhd and Borneo 4WD/ARB Australia,” he said.
This year also marks the ninth consecutive year that members of the media will be able to depend on the trusty Isuzu D-Max to get them close to the thick of action effectively and comfortably.
According to Isuzu Malaysia Executive Director, Hajime Machimura, the Izuzu D-Max vehicles have long risen beyond trying to prove their abilities in rough terrains.
“They have established themselves as a fixture of the Borneo Safari where they are depended upon to carry out their duties effectively and efficiently.
“For close to a decade, the media corps have been able to keep pace with the progress of the event from the cockpits of the official media’s Isuzu D-Max,” he said.
Boasting two ‘Borneo Safari Vehicle of the Year’ titles under its belt having performed outstandingly as a standard vehicle, the Isuzu D-Max derives its strength and capability from the DNA inherited from its truck brethren.
It features a tried and tested iGRIP design platform that affords the Isuzu D-Max with outstanding stability, handling tilt angles of up to 49 degrees comfortably while its engine’s amazing torque delivery at low rpm ensures superb traction and hill-climbing ability, key features of a good 4×4 vehicle.
This year’s Borneo Safari will once again feature three units of the Isuzu D-Max leading the media convoy with one 3-litre and two 2.5-litre models. – By Eric Bagang