PADANG BESAR: Three young Malaysians have arrived home after a cycling adventure of approximately 16,000 kilometres over the past 403 days.
Muhammad Amir Arsad, 29, Mohd Faizul Abdul Malek, 27, and Mohd Azmeer Faiq Mohd Rusli, 29, arrived at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex here at 9.30 am.
They were welcomed by Johor state executive councillor Aminolhuda Hassan, parents, friends, and members of the public.
The trio expressed their gratitude for being able to return home after cycling from Britain to Malaysia for more than a year and crossing 13 countries.
Muhammad Faizul, 27, told Bernama that he and his two companions had become acquainted on Facebook but only agreed to start the adventure in April last year.
“The greatest challenge was the cold weather. Besides that, people in foreign countries easily accepted us and even gave free accommodation,” said Muhammad Faizul, who grew up in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Muhammad Amir, from Batu Pahat, Johor, related their five-hour bitter experience when they were detained by a special security body after they had arrived in Kazakhstan, allegedly on suspicion that they were terrorists.
“We needed to answer various questions for five hours. However, we were released on good terms,” he said.
Mohd Azmeer Faiq, 29, from Baling Kedah, said they did not face much trouble during the cycling adventure, and the prayers and strong support from their families kept them going.