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Buatin Blandong climbs Kinabalu at 90, breaks own previous record



KOTA KINABALU: Ninety-year-old Buatin Blandong has always led an active life, from long-distance running to cycling, boxing and even learning silat.

Due to his immense love for sports and physical activity, he has rarely stopped jogging and exercising even though he is now 90 years old.

The former employee of the Sabah State Railways Department recently broke a record he “accidentally” created in 2015, by once again becoming the oldest man in the country to climb Mount Kinabalu when he was 83 years old.

“In 2015, I climbed Mount Kinabalu and after returning home, I found that the news that I had successfully completed the trek as the oldest Malaysian was in almost every local newspaper,” said Buatin.

“I didn’t think of creating any records during that time, but when the newspapers mentioned my achievement, I promised to do it again to break my own record,” he added when meeting at one of his sons’ home in Putatan on Wednesday (Sep 7). .

Recalling his preparations to climb on September 5, he said that he had started training intensively since the beginning of this year.

The father of five went jogging and walked a hill for a distance of 12 km almost every day, adding that he lost 5 kg due to training.

“There is a cemetery that I have to go through, but I put aside my occasional worries and fears, and tell the spirits not to bother me because I was just there for exercise,” Buatin joked.

As the dates of his walk approached, he prayed more and visited a priest to obtain his blessings for his mission.

He also did a body and health exam before that just to certify that he was fit enough to do the climb.

“The day we headed to the summit, I actually passed out for a few seconds, but I regained consciousness after that,” Buatin said.

He said it was raining the two days he climbed the mountain, but he managed to get through the cold, with his back pain, dizziness and slurred speech due to his tongue numb from the cold.

“I really have to thank my guide, family and friends for supporting me and helping me throughout this climb,” he said.

Buatin managed to reach the top at 2:20 p.m. on September 5, and reached the starting point at Timpohon Gate at 6:15 p.m. the next day.

He said that although the time it took to complete this climb was longer than the average climber, it didn’t matter because he made it.

He said that he could run down the mountain after reaching the top when he was much younger and stronger.

“But now, I walk slowly. I take shorter steps,” Buatin said, adding that he hopes his story can inspire others to pursue their dreams no matter what their age or whatever reasons they may have.

He wants his achievement to encourage more Sabahans to try to climb Mount Kinabalu and do things they think they can’t.

He said that the Sabahans are more capable than they think.

Buatin also welcomed anyone who wants to challenge his record and simply get out of their comfort zone.

When asked how he manages to stay in shape to this day, he said a healthy diet plus regular exercise and taking supplements were what he lived for.

However, he said that each person has a different body type and they should practice what works best for them to stay healthy and strong.

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Selangor Sultan grants audience to Anwar



PETALING JAYA: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor granted an audience to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Bukit Kayangan, Shah Alam.

The matter was announced in a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page on Tuesday (Dec 6).

Anwar was appointed prime minister on November 24, the publication added.

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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’



PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.

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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin



PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.

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