KUALA LUMPUR: National solo climber T. Ravichandran, who is also a person with disabilities (OKU), has become the first Malaysian to raise the Jalur Gemilang at the summit of the world’s second highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan.
The 57-year-old, who is also known as “Ravi Everest” conquered the 8,611m K2 at 10.50am local time on Friday together with five other world-class solo climbers and accompanied by five sherpas, reported Bernama.
Ravichandran said his success was his gift to Malaysia in conjunction with the upcoming National Day celebration on Aug 31.
“Love for the country, living in peace and harmony, these are the keys to unity instilled in me that proved to be a source of strength for me in facing difficulties throughout the climb.
“Thanks also to my wife … you are the pillar of strength in my success.
“Not forgetting the prayers of family, friends, sponsors and Malaysians that inspired me to reach the summit,” he said in a WhatsApp message yesterday.
He also said that being an OKU was not a hindrance to him – instead, it proved that even a disabled person could become strong and be on par with others.
“It is not impossible to rise again after falling. That’s the experience I gained from my climb on this expedition.
“This is my gift to the people of Malaysia. Merdeka!” he added.–The Star