Skydiving and base jumping club seeks govt help to soar

Kasim Alias speaking on the Sarikei Kenyalang Skydiving Sport Club's need for funding.

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SIBU, Sept 15: The Sarikei Kenyalang Skydiving Sports Club is appealing to the government for funding so that it can carry out its many activities.

Its president Kasim Alias Ahmad Drahman, 65, said today that the club which formed in 2017 is in need of financial aid.

“We hope our leaders will openly accept and pay serious attention to us. We are planning to set up an academy in Sarawak and hope the government can give us aid,” he said on the sidelines of the trial jump programme for Sibu International BASE Jump at the town square today.

He also sought for the government to provide the necessary assets for their activities.

“Our club was formed not only to be involved in BASE jumping but also for skydiving which currently is popular in West Malaysia. We have already planned two years ago to organise a skydiving course in Tanjung Manis. It was supposed to take place recently but as we don’t have planes and a pilot, we could not have it,” he lamented.

Kasim Alias said as the club is short of funds, the short-term plan is to just send a small team to participate in skydiving competitions in West Malaysia and possibly also overseas.

On their participation in Sibu International BASE Jump 2022, he said it is a good chance to show that Sarawakians could also be as good as foreign base jumpers if given proper training. — DayakDaily