SINGAPORE, July 29 (Bernama) -- The 4x4 World Explorer's Trans-Asia V expedition kicked off in Singapore Tuesday, aimed at promoting Malaysia and fostering a gesture of goodwill and friendship.
The event was flagged off by Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob at the High Commission complex here today. Congratulating expedition leader Thomas Foo, the high commissioner said the event was good for the country as it promoted Malaysia.
He said the event also promoted relations between Malaysia and the other countries as the expedition was going to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China and Russia, among others. "We also want to promote goodwill among those countries in Asean, China and our dialogue partner, Russia," he told Bernama before the flagging-off event. As the expedition coincided with the Visit Malaysia Year, Husni said it would be good for the country as it promoted the countries in the region to visit Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Foo, who is founder of the 4x4 World Explorer, the organiser said: "The trans-Asia event is Malaysia's effort to make friends with the world." He said this had been going on for the past 25 years.
He said, every year, under the auspices of the Prime Minister's Department, they were sent on a trip lasting about two months. For this particular trip, he said the expedition began from Singapore, the bottom end of the Asia continent and ended at Russia's most remote city of Magadan.
"The convoy will have 17 vehicles flying the Malaysian flag as a gesture of goodwill and friendship to the countries we are visiting. We will be travelling for 65 days," added Foo.