Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Police officer promotes 1Malaysia spirit through hobby

Huge and colourful kites from around the world were the main attraction at the world kite festival here, but flying alongside them and attracting equal attention from the crowd were locally-made kites attached with awareness messages.

Among them was a single line kite displaying the picture of a police officer chasing after Mat Rempit.

Police officer DSP Mohd Fadzil Ali said he took the opportunity to fly the Mat Rempit kite during the festival to promote awareness on the problem and also to advise the public against getting involved in such activities.

He was also spotted flying a kite bearing the 1Malaysia logo and another with the portrait of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“It's only fair that I fly those two kites together, as it was Datuk Seri Najib who initiated the 1Malaysia programme. I want the kites to spread the message and spirit of unity and togetherness as espoused by him,” said DSP Mohd Fadzil when met on Saturday.

The kite enthusiast has even set up his own club called the Johpol Kite Club.

DSP Mohd Fadzil has also participated in other international kite events including in India, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and France.

Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar officiated the five-day festival held at Bukit Layang-layang in Pasir Gudang, which involved hundreds of participants from 36 countries starting Feb 20.

Also present at the ceremony was Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and State Tourism and Domestic Trade Committee chairman Datuk Hoo Seong Chang.

Hoo said a total of 236 avid kite flyers from around the globe and over 600 local participants took part in various activities conducted in conjunction with the kite festival.

“I am proud that the kite festival was awarded the Best International Event title last year during the Johor Tourism Award 2012 and I hope to see more participants next year.”


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